Becoming an IAS officer by clearing UPSC is not child’s play. Posting is available in different departments after clearing UPSC. Not all candidates who clear UPSC get a chance to become an IAS. Today we are talking about such an IAS officer who when he started cracking down on the sand mafia, the mafia attacked him. We are talking about IAS officer Kunal Motiram Chavan. Kunal is a resident of the Parbhani district of Maharashtra.
Before becoming an IAS officer, he worked as a software developer at Robert Bosch for around two and a half years. After leaving Bosch’s position in November 2014, he began Civil preparations. Preparing for public service is not a simple endeavor. As a result of abandoning the work for him, his entire career was at risk.
Preparing for UPSC does not mean at all that you will get a job after preparing for 5 years. Kunal secured All India Rank 211 in his 5th attempt with History as an optional subject. He had given 5 prelims and 4 mains exams. Gave 3 interviews in 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2019 he also worked as an Evaluator for Mains Test Series and was also involved in setting Prelims MCQs.
The journey of preparing for Civil Services was indeed an eye-opener for him. He went through a lot of difficulties, disappointments, depression for 5 years, but in the end he achieved what he aimed for. As the saying goes, all is well that ends well, he believes and hence he is at peace. at least for now. He believed that once the work started, there would be new challenges. Their focus is on eliminating that part of unnecessary coaching classes which waste a lot of money and time of the candidates.
Kunal is an officer of the Odisha cadre. He is a 2020 batch IAS officer posted as the Deputy Collector of Balasore. Their driver suffered shoulder and head injuries at Phuladio bridge in Balasore district when officials were checking papers of a sand-laden truck, suspected to be carrying sand without the required papers.