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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

“But life isn't about plans”; why West Bengal cadre IAS Dhiman Barai left a banking job to try his luck in IAS


FOR 2016 batch West Bengal cadre IAS Dhiman Barai, Indian Administrative Service was always a “default option”, but “not an immediate plan” after his MBA from IIM-B. But what made him plunging into IAS preparation, ending up getting his home cadre as an IAS. The IAS Association has recently tweeted a Facebook post where the officer narrated how his career choice changed after the demise of his father. The officer wrote, life isn't about plans. Barai, 31, grew up in a big…
joint family in West Bengal. As he wrote it in the post, his growing up in a joint family influenced his personality, career and also, most of his sensibilities. 
As his father and uncle worked in various state civil services, trying for an administrative service job was always a default option for him. “But it wasn't an immediate plan after MBA”, he wrote in the post. 
What had happened then?
“In 2010, when my father was diagnosed with cancer, such was the family support that I was told about it 4-5 months later. I was at IIMB and without a worry in the world went for a 3 month exchange to Amsterdam”, he writes in the FB post. 
His family finally told him about his father’s illness. But by then, his father had hardly two months left. Barai had just begun working at a bank in Mumbai and needed the job to pay back the education loan he took for the studies. He stayed calm even as no leave was to be granted.
After his father had passed away, he requested his boss to give him a Kolkata posting for a month or two, but his boss flatly refused. “Now your crisis is over, why do you need leave now”, Barai was told. 
“I quit that job the same week,” Barai writes, adding how people are their strongest selves at the weakest moments. 
According to the DoPT records, this 2016 batch IAS was first posted as an assistant magistrate in Alipurduar in northern part of West Bengal, and then between July and August this year, he served as an assistant secretary in the union ministry of labour and employment.

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