Nagpur: A strong and dutiful cop, a family man and complete believer of values, life has turned a full circle for a Chartered Accountant turned IPS officer Ranjan Kumar Sharma, currently serving a Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nagpur crime branch. Born in a remote town of Jhajha and a notified area in Jamui district in Bihar, Ranjan Kumar Sharma has traversed a long journey to accomplish what he is today.
Struggling school days
Ranjan Kumar Sharma did his schooling from first standard to tenth standard from K.H.B.High School Keshopur, Jhajha, Jamui. Going to school was an effort in itself. He had to walk almost 2-3 kilometers to School, return home for lunch again walking for 2 kilometers and rushing back to school walking 2 kilometers and finally returning home after the school walking two kilometers. In all he walked 8 kilometers every-day. He said that he would like to mention the names of two prominent teachers who were his mentors named Laxman Shahu and Jagdish Modi who ensured that his foundations are strong.
Road to Academics
He then went to A S College in Deoghar where he did his Intermediate Commerce Course (XIth and XIIth). Going to college and tuition classes were not again an easy effort. He claimed that he had to cycle 25-30 kilometers per-day to go to college and returning home.
He went on to pursue his Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from College of Commerce Patna. Anybody pursuing his education in commerce stream will definitely aim of becoming a Chartered Accountant or a Cost and Works Accountant. Ranjan Kumar Sharma too pursued Chartered Accountancy Course from Delhi and did his articleship with Chartered Accountant K M Agrawal.
Fulfilling father’s wish
While explaining about his dreams and aspirations, he said that the kind of mentality that people had in his native remote village was that if anybody became a Primary School Teacher or a Bank Clerk, was considered a very big achievement. Nobody even remotely dreamt of becoming an Indian Administrative Service Official or Indian Police Service Official.
His father wanted him to become a Chartered Accountant. So he worked hard and became a Chartered Accountant. But when he was pursuing his course of Chartered Accountancy, the maternal uncle of his close friend was preparing for UPSC examinations. It was then that he realized that his aim was to become a Public Servant.
He had finished achieving his father’s dream so now he was free to pursue his own dream. He started preparations of UPSC exams in all earnest. However, this was not an easy task since he had to work on his Chartered Accountancy too.
After hard studies, he appeared for his UPSC exams for the first time in 2002. After clearing his preliminary exams, the main exams, he reached right till interviews. But he was not selected. This failure did not deter him and he reappeared for UPSC exams 2003. This time round, again Ranjan K Sharma met with the same fate. He candidly told Nagpur Today that he was dejected. However, his parents motivated him.
Joined the Income Tax Department
Due to some family problems, he had to defer his appearing for UPSC and had to join the Income Tax Department job that he got. He joined as Income Tax Inspector and worked for a good four years. However, he did not leave his preparation of UPSC examinations.
Victory against all odds
Finally in 2005, he appeared for the prelims again and went on to give the main written exams and also cleared his interview. He claimed one major problem that he faced was that of language especially English. Written English was never a problem, but spoken English was a problem.
As an Income Tax Inspector, he was posted in Rajkhot in Gujarat. He had to come to Delhi travelling for more than 24 hours by train and then appear for the exams.
Credits to family members
DCP Ranjan Kumar Sharma claimed that he would like to give the credit of his success only to his mother who kept him motivated, his father for being supportive of all his decisions, his elder brother for all his financial help, his sisters for their emotional support and his friends who stood with him in thick and thin.
– By Samuel Gunasekharan