Bhubaneswar: It takes patience, immense hard work and favoring luck to qualify civil service examinations. But it takes a whole lot of courage and passion to quit posts like IAS and IPS officers and opt for some other careers.
It might sound crazy to many but there are some people who prioritize job satisfaction over position and pay scale. Here are a few inspiring names:
- Rajan Singh: An IITian who cleared the UPSC Civil Services and served as the Police Commissioner for three years in Thiruvananthapuram. He served in the field for eight years and then gave up his post to start ‘ConceptOwl’- a teacherless online educational platform, in 2016, to help students prepare for entrance exams.
- Roman Saini: A unique talent who cleared the AIIMS entrance examination at the age of 16, published a research paper in a reputed medical journal at 18 and cleared UPSC Civil Services Exam 2014 in the first attempt. He was the youngest IAS officer and appointed collector of Madhya Pradesh. Later, he resigned from his post and started ‘Unacademy’-a website offering free online coaching, webinars, tutorials and motivational speeches for IAS aspirants.
- Pravesh Sharma: The 1982 batch Madhya Pradesh Cadre IAS Officer took voluntary retirement after 34 years of his service to start his retail fruits and vegetable chain ‘Sabziwala’. Sharma attempts to deliver fresh farm products to the consumers straight from the farmer’s field, ensuring both parties get a fair price.
- Dr Syed Sabahat Azim: The former 2000 batch IAS Officer is now a doctor. He resigned from the job to launch his health-care chain ‘Glocal Healthcare Systems’, after his father’s untimely demise.
- Vivek Kulkarni: He was a 1979 batch IAS Officer who is now the co-founder of Brickwork India, a knowledge process outsourcing firm providing virtual assistants to global companies. Kulkarni claims to have clients from across 116 countries now.