Every year, almost one million people fight for fewer than a thousand job openings across the country in the Civil Services Exam (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
While Uttar Pradesh generates more civil officers than any other state, this little town in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district has a member of the IAS or PCS cadre from practically every family.
Indian Village That Produces Officers:
Madhopatti has a total of 75 homes, yet has more than 50 officers. This village’s sons and daughters aren’t the only ones in charge; daughters-in-law are also handling the post of officers.
It is said that Madhopatti village of Jaunpur district now stands at the same level of village Ghahmar, in Ghazipur, where at least one member of the family is in the army, hence known as ‘Village of Jawans’.
In Madhopatti village, many youths have perused their careers in civil services while some of the aspirants have shown interest and successfully got placed in ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) and BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre).
The most interesting fact about Madhopatti is that it holds a rare record of four siblings who all got placed as IAS officers. Vinay Kumar Singh, who cracked civil service in 1955 retired as the chief secretary of Bihar. In 1964, his two siblings, Chatrapal Singh and Ajay Kumar Singh cracked the exam. Chatrapal Singh also served as chief secretary of Tamil Nadu. Later in 1968, the fourth brother, Shashikant Singh became an IAS.
First civil servant from Madhopatti village
According to the reports, the first civil servant of Madopatti village was Mustafa Hussain, father of famous poet Wamiq Jaunpuri, who joined civil services in 1914. After 38 years, Indu Prakash became an IAS officer in 1952. Since then, the youth of this village are encouraged to take UPSC seriously.
However, even after being the ‘Officer’s village of India’, Madhopatti’s remains a small town with hardly any facilities. The roads are still riddled with potholes, the town lacks medical facilities, and has a poor electricity supply. Furthermore, there is no coaching centre in the village itself, for IAS aspirants.