India’s first visually impaired IAS Officer Pranjal Patil, 30-years old took the charge as the Assistant Collector of Ernakulam district of Kerala.
Extolled in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, Pranjal Patil lost her vision when she was just 6 years old when one of her schoolmates stabbed a pencil in her eye, but this did not cease her from achieving her reverie and that’s what made her top her UPSC 2016 with AIR 773.
She was offered a job in the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), but the railways refused to appoint her overdue to her total blindness.
“After the railways’ refusal, I was disappointed, but not ready to give up the fight. I again worked hard to improve my ranking in the second attempt,” Pranjal Patil said.
An indefatigable Pranjal Patil cracked the UPSC 2017 with AIR 124th. This year Pranjal Patil will hold the charge of the Assistant Collector of Ernakulum, district of Kerela, for a year as a part of her training period. Recently she has completed her first leg of training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. After her field-training period in Kochi she’ll return to Mussoorie to complete her training session next year, she will have to submit a dissertation at the end of her training, “For my dissertation, I want to focus on a challenging aspect since basic indicators like healthcare and education are very well developed in Kerala in comparison with national averages,” she said.
Pranjal Patil did not attend any coaching or sessions to prepare for UPSC, the first time she cracked UPSC she secured 773rd rank, “I felt underprepared the first time I took the exam; but for the second attempt, I knew what direction to approach my preparations from. So I was able to organize studies accordingly. I stayed away from all forms of competition when I was preparing for the exam. Occasionally I would doubt if my level of preparedness was enough, but I let the sincerity of my effort lead me.”
Pranjal said when asked to give advice to the students and future civil service aspirants, “No individual should be pressured into doing something forcibly. Instead of succumbing to competition, one should focus on sharpening their skills and working on their weaknesses. This would, in turn, let a person function to their full potential.”