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As the first visually impaired woman IAS Officer in India, Pranjal Patil is definitely an inspiration for women! Here's her story of going above and beyond!
As the first visually impaired woman IAS Officer in India, Pranjal Patil is definitely an inspiration for women! Here’s her story of going above and beyond!
Challenges are hard to face, they take us down and detach us from life. Many of us run back from life due to the fear of challenges we may have to face, both mentally and physically. I don’t think there is anything that can be an insurmountable challenge for someone who is strong on the inside and has a fire to rise above every time.
Reading about Pranjal Patil made my day, indeed. She is the country’s first visually impaired woman IAS officer. And she assumed charge as the Sub Collector of Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
Many of us often curse ourselves for being treated as a second gender, or blame the situations that made us housewives. Or maybe even crib about the never ending chores of a working wife with all the hardships of being a woman!
Pranjal’s story warmed my heart instantly because of the courage she had to be successful despite the challenges she faced.
“We should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts, all of us will get that one breakthrough we want”, said Pranjal, the 30-year old Kerala cadre officer.
The strong minded lady Pranjal hails from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, and lost her vision when she was just six years old. She never lost hope and completed her graduation in political science with a Master’s in International relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Despite cracking the civil services exam, she was refused an appointment at Indian Railway Accounts Services in 2016, according to reports. She was determined to fulfil her dream of cracking the civil services examination again. So fierce was her determination that she improved her ranking in her second attempt.
She cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 2016 and secured 773rd rank but improved her rank to 124 the next year.
Pranjal was appointed as the Ernakulam Assistant Collector during her training period.
Pranjal gives a message to all women to be strong despite challenges that come their way and keep them from a happy ending!
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