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Vipul Ujjwal, IAS: Profile, Wife and Family



Vipul Ujjwal is an IAS Officer of 2009 batch of Punjab Cadre. He is considered as an erudite and honest officer who works hard to make some positive change in the lives of common man. He has served with many responsibilities in various locations of Punjab and has always been appreciated. Previously, he has worked as Naib Tehsildar in his home state Rajasthan.





Profile of Vipul Ujjwal


Vipul was born and brought up in Bikaner, Rajasthan. Both of his parents are working as Government teachers. Vipul has always been a studious boy and scored good throughout his academic career. After completing graduation from Dunger College, he took admission in a Business School in his home district and was eyeing to somehow get into the corporate world. However, his parents suggested him to look for opportunity in Civil Services. He appeared in Rajasthan Administrative Services Examination and cracked it in 2001.


While working as Naib Tehsildar, an incident changed his mind again and compelled him to go for big push with an attempt in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. A person had died and opposition parties had blamed that the reason behind death is hunger. An enquiry was ordered by the state government which didn’t found any truth in the allegation. However, the District Magistrate asked his subordinates to make a list of people who are in distress and can’t even arrange foods. A list was prepared by Vipul Ujjwal with 40 names. However, the list was trimmed down to 20 as people around Vipul thought that the DM may find it hard to digest that 40 people are in such a distress. Vipul was broken as he had worked hard to prepare this rather small list. At that very day, he decided to go for Civil Services Examination.


Vipul started preparation, but was not able to go past the Preliminary Examination. It took him seven attempts for him to finally crack the coveted examination. It should be noted that in 2008, the maximum number of attempts allowed for an OBC candidate was seven in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. In his last attempt, Vipul didn’t leave any stone unturned and the result was for everyone to see as he got an All India Rank of 14.



Wife of Vipul Ujjwal


Vipul Ujjwal is married to Sonali Giri. Both are OBC and IAS officer from the same batch with same state cadre of Punjab. Vipul and Sonali came closer during training at Mussorie and later decided to tie the knot. They have a daughter named Kiera.


Apart from sharing services and cadres, both Sonali and Vipul are passionately involved in improving urban lives. They are passionate about urban e-Governance, especially mobile Governance. The manifestation of their passion can be found in their attempt to develop some mobile apps which can immensely help general citizen. Recently, they developed a mobile application for finding clean toilet in Punjab. Hopefully, this application will be enlarged enough to include all parts of India in future. Previously, they were appreciated by the Election Commission of India for developing a mobile application for the help of voters.



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