IAS dozen a dime in village of 75 households
The villagers In Madhopatti, a typically Indian tiny village, which are not only ignored by the officials of Rural Development but by time. It has retained its 19th Century existence, except in one thing.
Until a few years ago if by chance a Patwari or a Thasildar visited it, all villagers would gather to look at them, as if they were some strange species. But now even if an IAS sahib comes, there is no excitement. The reason: this small backward village of 75 households has 47 IAS officers. A youngish IAS officer smilingly said, the unexpected is routine. Less than 0.004 per cent of the candidates sit for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exam every year make the final cut.
But this village in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, also holds the record for four siblings who have all cleared the exam. These four brothers are, in descending order of age, Vinay Kumar Singh, Chatrapal Singh, Ajay Kumar Singh, and Shashikant Singh. Vinay Kumar, the oldest, cleared the exam in 1955. He retired as chief secretary of Bihar. Chatrapal was chief secretary of Tamil Nadu.
The first civil servant from Madhopatti was Mustafa Hussain (father of poet Wamiq Jaunpuri). He joined the civil services (then the Indian Civil Services, during British India) in 1914. There seems to have been a bit of a slow-down after this, since the next person to clear the exam was Indu Prakash in 1952. But things have been going strong since then.
“You will find students studying in intermediate, going through guide books for IAS and PCS examinations. They start young and also try to brush up on their English since the medium of education in most schools here is still Hindi,” said Arvind Kumar, a local teacher.
The village’s success in its niche of choice has been attributed to intense competition and peer pressure.
Unfortunately, despite the number of people from this village who have made it to India’s elite bureaucratic service, it still lacks basic amenities. Roads are potholed, electricity supply is erratic, medical facilities are very basic, and there are still no coaching institutes for IAS aspirants.