05 Apr 2019: Inspiring stories of 5 UPSC rank-holders who beat all odds
Cracking the UPSC CSE isn't easy; many spend years preparing to clear it. However, there are some UPSC rank-holders who have cleared the exam despite odds stacked against them.
Here are five inspirational stories of such UPSC rank-holders.
#1: M Sivaguru Prabakaran: AIR 101, CSE 2017
The story of M Sivaguru Prabakaran (AIR-101, CSE-2017) is truly inspiring.
However, he then worked as a sawmill operator, did farming, and earned money for his education and later did MTech from IIT-Madras in 2014 before cracking UPSC CSE in 2017.
#2: Ummul battled rare bone disease, unsupportive parents to crack UPSC-CSE
For Ummul Kher, who had a rare bone disorder since childhood, matters became worse when her parents disowned her because she wanted to study beyond Class-8.
She lived in slums and earned money from tuitions to fund her education. She scored 91% in Class-12, graduated from Delhi's Gargi College, and cleared JRF in 2013. She cracked UPSC CSE-2017 in her first attempt with AIR-420.
#3: Ramesh Gholap's journey from a bangle seller to IAS officer
Ramesh Gholap of Mahagaon in Maharashtra's Solapur district cracked CSE in 2012 without coaching.
The son of a cycle repairer had a difficult childhood. His father passed away when he was in Class-12. Despite being polio-affected, Gholap sold bangles to earn money.
He appeared for the 2010 CSE but couldn't clear it. However, in 2012, Gholap gave his all and secured AIR-287 in CSE.
#4: Mohammed Ali Shihab, who grew up in orphanage, cracked CSE-2011
The story of IAS officer Mohammad Ali Shihab of a remote village in Kerala's Malappuram is incredible.
Born in a poor family, he used to sell betel leaves and bamboo baskets with his father. However, after his father passed away, Shihab was sent to an orphanage.
He worked as a peon, a clerk, and a government-school teacher before finally cracking the CSE-2011 with AIR-226.
#5: K Jayaganesh: From a waiter to an IAS officer
IAS officer K Jayaganesh, who cracked the IAS exam in 2008 in his seventh attempt, hailed from a poverty-stricken family in Vinavamangalam of Tamil Nadu's Vellore district.
He pursued mechanical engineering after which he even worked as a waiter. However, despite failing for six times, he didn't give up and cleared the 2008 UPSC CSE with AIR-156 in the seventh attempt, his final chance.