KENDRAPARA: A 24-year-old girl of the district has secured 13th position in the Indian Economic Service (IES) examination conducted by the UPSC.
Daughter of a landless daily wager, who works at a fertiliser plant in Paradip, Aparajita Priyadarshini Behera of Mohanangala village under Mahakalapada block is pursuing Phd in Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Talking to this paper from New Delhi, Aparajita said, “Despite financial constraints, my father fulfilled all my requirements and nourished a dream to see me as a distinguished person. His restless hard work has finally paid off.”
A student of Mohanangala Primary and Kapileswar High School, Aparajita completed her Plus Two and Plus Three from Marshaghai college. She was a college topper and went on to pursue Post-Graduation in Economics in Utkal University.
Quality hard work and strong determination are important in achieving one’s goal, she said and added that her motto is to serve the country with honesty. Her delighted father Amulya Behera said despite financial hardship, he did not neglect the education of his son and two daughters.
“Aparajita used to study for six to seven hours daily. On Wednesday night, she informed us over telephone that she secured 13th position in the IES examination. We all are on cloud nine,” said Aparajita’s mother Jemamani.
The villagers too celebrated her success. Teacher of Mohanangala Primary School Prafulla Swain said, “Her achievement has left millions of English-medium students way behind. Now-a-days, almost all the aspirants of various examinations attend coaching classes and pay hefty amount. But Aparajita never joined any coaching class.”