03 December, 2020

High On Confidence

Himachal prodigy pursues childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer

Muskan Jindal, 22
Himachal Pradesh
High On Confidence
outlookindia.com
2020-08-22T15:37:29+05:30

She did not allow herself any other option. “If I do a job, it has to be as a civil servant. Nothing less than an IAS officer, I told herself when I was still in school,” recalls Muskan Jindal, a small-town girl from Himachal Pradesh who achieved the 87th rank in the UPSC exam. “I was sure I will crack UPSC. That it’s going to happen as early as at the age of 22 and in my first attempt—this only god knew. I just followed my childhood dream.”

Born in a modest business family at Baddi in Himachal Pradesh’s industrial belt, Muskan proudly declares that behind her success are “two gentlemen—my 72-year-old grandfather Sadhu Ram Jindal and my father Pawan Jindal”. “If someone asks me to name my role model, there is no third name,” she adds. Having lived in a joint family, she says: “Anyone can come and take a lesson on how happily the children—total nine in our family—live their dreams. The joint family system taught me values, which are going to guide me in discharging my duties...

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