IPS Officer Suraj Singh Parihar – A Beam Of Light For UPSC Aspirants

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Amrita Bhalla

New Delhi, 17th June 2021: The nationwide COVID-19-induced lockdown has forced people to shift online to a virtual world as educational institutes are shut. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants are finding it difficult to prepare for examinations.


Suraj Singh Parihar from the 2014 IPS batch of Chhattisgarh cadre is thus acting as a beam of light for them, providing his knowledge and expertise by conducting free online webinars. He is currently posted as Superintendent of Police of Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district.


Parihar was born in Jaunpur of Uttar Pradesh. He appeared for the UPSC exam for the first time in 2011, in which he did not succeed. The second time he appeared for the exam in 2012, however, did not progress beyond the mains exam. He became an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer in his third attempt, but he wanted to become an IPS officer. Then, for the fourth time in 2015, he took the UPSC exam and succeeded.


Now Parihar organises free online weekend classes for candidates who are preparing for the UPSC exam and belong to the underprivileged section. UPSC being India’s toughest exam requires good guidance and direction.


He said that students from a Hindi medium background have a tough time preparing for the exam as he too underwent the same situations. Regardless of his hectic schedule, he hosts webinars to help aspirants clear their doubts.


Parihar uses social media platforms to reach a mass pool of UPSC aspirants. He conducts webinars and explains where to begin, how to start, which books to refer to, how to manage time and how to strengthen knowledge.


Parihar uses his various social media handles to stay in touch with aspirants and help them out. “Since I am now unable to conduct a webinar every weekend, I use my social media handles to collate the questions and then conduct one to answer them all,” he said, adding that it is available on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail.


He has also set up a panel of officers to further guide aspirants on the examination and its attributes. He held webinars on how to enhance communication skills, how to remain focused and to provide tips for the examination.


“Just like companies have a CSR policy, I have the moral responsibility of ensuring that I help and guide as many UPSC aspirants as I can,” Parihar said.


“I wasted almost four years in trying to figure out some basic questions, and if I can help aspirants in some way, it will be a great achievement for me,” he further added.