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With India’s ‘Missile Man’ and former president late APJ Abdul Kalam as his role model, this year’s UP Board intermediate exam second rank-holder Pranjal Singh’s dream is to become an IAS officer and serve the country.

Sixteen-year-old Pranjal hails from the rural area of Koraon located in trans-Yamuna region of Prayagraj district. Pranjal had bagged the fifth position in the state in UP Board high school exam with 93.83% in 2018.

A student of Sardar Patel Intermediate College in village Sikaro, Koraon town area, Pranjal says he devoted an average of six hours daily to his studies besides his school hours while preparing for class 12th board exams.

He says his father, Awadhesh Kumar Singh, principal of the same college, was a great inspiration and motivator who always encouraged him to excel in his studies. Pranjal’s next goal is to enrol and complete his BA while preparing for his ultimate dream of becoming a civil servant.

“I believe I can serve my country the best and also help in the development of rural areas as an IAS officer. It is for this reason that I wished to clear the UPSC Civil Services examination and extend my contribution to the progress of my motherland just like my ideal APJ Abdul Kalam,” he shared while accepting wishes from his family and friends on his achievement.

He said that students must always undertake systematic preparation for any exam and devote equal time to all subjects instead of being overconfident and neglecting subjects which one believes he/she is good at.

Pranjal said his favourite subjects include English which still requires constant hard work for him to excel in the discipline. “I did attend tuition for PCM subjects before the exam to give an edge to my preparations,” he shared.

Pranjal’s mother Geeta Singh is an assistant teacher at a Junior High School in Sikaro while his elder sister Sneha Singh is preparing for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Under Graduate (NEET).

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