These jailbirds aspire to be IAS officers

These jailbirds aspire to be IAS officers

Both belong to Bihar. Both have been charged with kidnapping and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment. Thirdly, but most importantly, both have appeared for the civil services preliminary examination conducted by the  UPSC a fortnight ago.

Amit, an IAS aspirant, had gone to Delhi to prepare for UPSC (Preliminaries) but was later arrested on kidnapping charges. Put behind bars, he relied on self-study at Tihar and appeared for the civil services examination. Likewise, Praveen, who is serving a jail term at Beur in connection with a case of kidnapping with ransom, appeared in the examination with the permission of the court.

A resident of Vaishali district, Praveen was sentenced in November 2009. His appeal for revision of his punishment is pending with the High Court. Hailing from a rural background Praveen passed his intermediate examination from RN College, Hajipur. He was thrown inside the Beur jail on abduction charges, but that did not deter his determination to become an IAS officer. Within the jail premises, he got enrolled in the distance learning courses offered by Nalanda Open University. Praveen took admission in graduation course with political science and history and passed the first and second year examination. He recently appeared for the final year exams, the result of which is awaited.

“Praveen has appeared for the UPSC exams and seems to be a good student. He has also started preparing for the UPSC (Mains) examination with history and political science as the main papers,” said a senior jail official, who did not wish to be identified.

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