Pathsala boy Rupam Talukdar 
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How this Assam paan shopkeeper’s son cracked IES in first attempt

Pathsala boy Rupam Talukdar, who was the only one from the state to clear the prestigious examination this year, did not let financial constraints come in the way of his dreams

Barpeta, Assam: By cracking the Indian Economic Service (IES) examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in his first attempt, Pathsala boy Rupam Talukdar has not only become the only one from Assam to clear the prestigious examination this year but has also brought laurels to the state.

The results of the IES examination were declared by the UPSC on Tuesday.

Talukdar, who belongs to a family of poor financial background, is the son of Rohini Talukdar and Hemanti Talukdar of Pathsala in Barpeta district. His father runs a paan shop near the bus stand in Pathsala town.

Despite his financial constraints, Talukdar maintained a brilliant career as a student. After securing first class first position in his bachelor’s degree in economics from the BH College in Barpeta in 2013, he went on to finish his postgraduation from Gauhati University in 2015.

He is currently pursuing hi PhD from Gauhati University.

While expressing his happiness at clearing the IES examination, Talukdar said, “Poverty should be taken as a challenge. Some people remain mentally backward and some others economically backward. One should not think himself or herself as destitute.”

Meanwhile, his parents added that Talukdar also had to earn money by helping his father at his paan shop to pursue his studies.