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6 Reasons: Why there is no IAS

Shah Faesal (26), a doctor from Jammu and Kashmir, became the first Kashmiri to top the civil services exam this year. From Assam, four candidates were in the list of successful candidates who cleared the India's toughest exam.

In one corner of my brain I was expecting a Bishnupriya Manipuri adding his or her name to the list of successful candidates. But to my utter dismay history 'of failure' has repeated itself.

What are the reasons that we don't appear (lest come out with flying colour) in the IAS exam?

# (1) Risk: Any candidate appearing in the IAS exam, his or her career is at risk. Somewhere in our deep bone marrow -- we shy away taking any type of probable risk.

# (2) Babudom: We don't have a babudom (hierarchical) culture of prestige. For us everyone is same with respect to social yardstick. So No prestige, No IAS! An IAS and a clerk is same.

# (3) Power: We are not at all power hungry. We are power praiser.

# (4) Failure breeds failure: We have failed to exemplify "success". Count success stories, we will soon start counting successful clowns.

# (5) Motivation: If this would have been abundant in us, rest 4 points mentioned above holds no water to stop us.

Hope is the greatest remedy, let us hope next year that someone cracks the exam.

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

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