Pranjal Patil, India's first blind IAS officer

Life 365    24-Mar-2020
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India's first visually impaired IAS officer Pranjal Patil has taken charge as Thiruvananthapuram sub-collector. This is her second assignment since her appointment into service in 2018. Pranjal was received by the office staff and district collector K Gopalakrishnan at his office in the state capital.

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Pranjal lost her vision at the age of 6. Hailing from Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, she graduated in political science from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. During graduation, Pranjal and a friend read an article about UPSC for the first time. Pranjal started collecting information related to UPSC exam. At that time Pranjal did not reveal to anyone but decided to become an IAS.
 
She completed her post-graduation in internal relations from JNU. In 2016, she secured 773rd rank in the UPSC exam. Though she was eligible for various posts under IRS, she was not appointed because of her visual impairment. Pranjal
gave a second attempt in 2017 in which she secured 124th rank, easily qualifying for IAS.
 
Patil completed her studies with the support of various softwares that read out printed text into speech. Patil’s family consists of her husband who is a businessman, father, mother and a brother. Patil completed her studies with the support of various softwares that read out printed text into speech. Patil’s family consists of her husband who is a businessman, father, mother and a brother. She was excited to be working in Kerala and looked forward to the new assignment as sub collector. She said that ‘We must never give up; we will get that one breakthrough that we are hoping for.’