A life in triumph and struggle

Abu Sufian

Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) exam is something which is entirely valuable for a number of students of Bangladesh who have long cherished dream to work as government employee.
Among a number of participants only a few get chance and pass in the BCS exam. Today we will tell you the story of a man,
who has touched the pinnacle of success tackling away all sorts of obstacles. His name is Tareque Rahman who was selected as BCS Cadre in administration category in 40th BCS exam.
Stay connected to learn about a man who is full hope life spirit.
In childhood, Tareque Rahman had not dream to be a BCS cadre, especially BCS admin cadre. He studied accounting and information systems, attached to shahjalal hall,
students of Chittagong University. Accounting subject wasn’t his favorite subject, that’s why he wasn’t happy at the very beginning of her university life. But the situation changed gradually.
Finally he is a successful man.
Tareque Rahman grew up in a middle class family in Tangail. His father is a BCIC fertilizer dealer and his mother is a housewife.
He passed the SSC exam in 2006 with GPA 4.81. He got admitted to Dhanbari College just opposite to his residence.
Tareque again passed the HSC with a GPA 4.70 and got admitted to Chittagong University in the Accounting department.
He got 3.64 in BBA and 3.77 in MBA and now, with strong confidence, patience, and perseverance, he is enlisted in administrative Cadre in the 40th BCS.
He secured fourth place on the administration merit list.
He is now working as an Assistant Director at Ministry of Defense in Bangladesh. Before joining this job,
Tareque Rahman was serving as the Bangladesh Bank Officer (General)’19. He was recommended 37th BCS Education Cadre (Accounting) [Not Joined], Assistant Director, Anti Corruption Commission (Verification Done).
Tareque Rahman has achieved outstanding professional awards during his past job experiences like,
Departmental Award and Recognition Award for exemplary dedication. He involved various social activities like Ex- secretary of Rotaract club of Chittagong University.
Member of Srot- A youth wave (Work for differently able children), Member of Social Business Youth Alliance (SBYA)

He chats with The Citizen voice Bangladesh, and shares his stories of studies, successes, and failures with him.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: How are you? Chatting with you gives me the courage every time!

Tareque Rahman: I’m well. Nice meeting you again.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: Why did you choose this cadre in BCS?

Tareque Rahman: Basically, social recognition and respect drove me to seat for BCS. The motivations came from my friends.
My family inspired me in this process very much. Now they are happy enough to see me in this cadre service.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: How did you prepare for BCS?

Tareque Rahman: I went to the coaching center after finishing the accounting final exam and studied regularly with relentless effort.
First and foremost, I analyzed the previous questions of ‘Job Solution’. As a result, I got a good idea of which issues are more important,
which ones need to be left out and which issues come up again and again in the tests.
I read more and more about the things that made me feel weak. I tried to remember all things with mnemonic, obviously with bad mnemonic (laugh).
I collected supplementary books along with the coaching lecture sheets. I prefer group study in library with my friends.
My friends help me a lot to secure this position. All of my friends help me in my academic life and professional study as well.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: How did you face viva?

Tareque Rahman: 40 BCS is my 3rd viva. 37 BCS was my first viva. I was recommended as general education cadre.
Unfortunately I did not join. Then I joined in Bangladesh Bank as an officer (General). I also appeared 38 BCS viva and board was very much angry not to join in education cadre in 37 BCS.
This time (40 BCS) viva board was seemed to be friendly and kind. There were questions about my subjects,
Bangabondhu and related to the first choice of admin cadre were also asked and the duration was nearly 25 minutes.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: Which books do you think are important to keep in the collection for other BCS cadre seekers?

Tareque Rahman: One set of guide books (Assurance/MP3 whatever), a digest as one like. Board books class nine to ten (politics, geography, history, Bengali grammar,
general science, mathematics); eleventh-grade politics, computer, and information technology are badly needed to study more and more.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: Is it necessary to go for coaching? What do you think?

Tareque Rahman: Many have become cadres by reading of his own, but I have prepared myself
with coaching and it can be a better idea to be in touch with the coaching center especially to verify one’s capacity and increase the scope of knowledge.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: What was the biggest obstacle in life?

Tareque Rahman: It cannot be said that there was a big obstacle for me. But it was a challenge to prepare me
and wait a long time. Everyone can start, but it is a challenge to maintain one’s existence in the fight to survive till the end.
Whatever the problem, my family has always been by my side, their sacrifice for me and the expectations of my parents,
sister and now my wife have helped me to keep a strong stand for the goal.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: Where do you want to see yourself next in this profession?

Tareque Rahman: Seniors used to say, ‘It is easy to join the administration, it is difficult to retire after working successfully.
‘ This means working with adversity and risk is here all the time. Yet I want to take myself to a position where it is possible to do more for people. I have joined the administration
with a dream to ensure safe and easy service for the people. I expect the country to be more livable and developed and I want to work for its implementation.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: BCS is a dream to most of us. What do you think in this regard?

Tareque Rahman: People have a great belief that BCS exam is fair and actually it is, there are opportunities to contribute to policymaking and implementation of the country’s policy
by becoming cadre officers, social status, and recruitment of many non-cadre officers as well as through BCS have made BCS so popular among people. It is not unhealthy competition,
rather it carries the identity of confidence and competitive attitude of the young job seekers.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: What are the tips for newcomers to BCS?

Tareque Rahman: Those who are new, will enrich themselves by studying more and more. Only studies can give them success.

The Citizen voice Bangladesh

: Can poverty be a barrier to BCS?

Tareque Rahman: Poverty does not seem to be a barrier to BCS preparation. BCS preparation can be taken from any part of the country
and there is no extra cost except buying books and sitting for exams. But working patiently is not an easy task.

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