More than thousands of people dream of becoming an IAS or IPS officer and taking the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams. There are many people who choose to leave their safe and well-paid jobs to become civil servants. An example of this is Gaurav Kaushal, who hails from Haryana and cracked UPSC but later chose a different path.
Gaurav Kaushal was born and brought up in Haryana. He has always been a high achiever. In 2012, he secured 38th All India Rank (AIR) in the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE). He subsequently joined the Indian Defense Estates Service (IDES), where he was responsible for managing military lands and overseeing administrative functions within the Cantonment Board. However, he later left his job of twelve years to become a mentor for UPSC aspirants.
Gaurav Kaushal completed his schooling in Panchkula. Later, he qualified for the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and enrolled in IIT Delhi. After a year with the course, he decided to leave IIT Delhi and instead pursue a B.Tech in Computer Science from BITS Pilani. Once again he changed his decision and left the university after a year after the course. This time he obtained his B. Tech degree from Punjab Engineering College.
Gaurav’s achievement includes passing the JEE not once, but twice and also clearing the Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) exam. But he did not take on that task either. He decided to give up his job as a civil servant, which reflects his willingness to take risks.
After ending his civil service career, he then focused on a mentorship program for UPSC exam aspirants. Before this, he provided guidance to UPSC aspirants through his YouTube channel. Additionally, he launched an app named after himself, Gaurav Kaushal, which offers mentorship to UPSC candidates on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gaurav Kaushal has strong faith in the potential of today’s youth in India. He believes that with the right guidance, the youth can steer the country towards substantial improvement. According to him, the most important achievement in his life is being able to guide and help a student become an IAS officer.