Traffic sub-inspector cracks UPSC exam

A traffic police sub-inspector posted in Bengaluru has cleared the prestigious Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination by securing the 840th rank.

Santosh B, a police sub-inspector at Traffic Training Institute, Thanisandra, is likely to join the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). A graduate of MS Ramaiah College of Engineering and Technology, he joined the police force in 2007 and is due for promotion this year. His father, Bheemaiah, is a retired IAS officer while his elder brother, Sharath B, is a Karnataka-cadre IAS officer currently posted as CEO of Mandya Zilla Panchayat.

“It was always my dream to clear the civil services exam,” Santosh told DH. He said he chose a non-executive posting so that he could get time to prepare for the exam. “I studied for about two hours before reaching office around 9.30 am and about four hours after leaving the workplace around 6.30 pm,” he said. He forsook social life to prepare for the exam which he had missed clearing narrowly in 2012 after attending the interview. Santosh chose Anthropology as an optional subject.

“My parents and other members of the family inspired me to clear the exam. They kept supporting me to focus on my goal,” he said. The family hails from Chitradurga but has settled in Bengaluru.

He also thanked senior police officers for their support and guidance. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood and Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra have congratulated him.
DH News Service

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