While many of us blame our circumstances for failures, there are few who look beyond them and channelize their energy to reach for their dreams. 29-year-old Madhu NC’s story is that of dedication and determination.
Madhu NC has shown the power of true courage and determination by fighting against his circumstances to reach his goal. Madhu, who worked as a bus conductor with Karnatka state-owned BMTC bus has cleared UPSC – one of the toughest exams in the country.
How this Karanataka bus conductor burned the midnight oil to clear UPSC exams is an inspiration for every young child who wants to pursue their dreams irrespective of what their life circumstances are.
29-year-old Madhu worked as a bus conductor with Karnataka state-owned BMTC bus during the day for 8 hours and then studied for five hours every day to achieve his dream.
Madhu was extremely happy when the results were declared in the first week of January. After seeing his name in the list of those who cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) mains, he forgot all the pains that his struggle brought him to.
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Recalling his struggle, Madhu NC shared:
“I always wanted to achieve something big in life. I started working early to support my family but that did not stop me from studying further. I used to study for 5 hours a day. My subjects were Ethics, Political Science, Maths and Science. I would study every day, before and after work. I would also wake up at 4 am and finish my studies before proceeding to work.”
According to a Bangalore Mirror report, Madhu started working as a bus conductor at the age of 19. He is the only person in his family to be educated and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science. Speaking to Bangalore Mirror Madhu NC said,
“My parents don’t know what exams I have cleared but are very happy for me. I am the first one to be educated.”
Madhu’s story is incomplete without celebrating the selfless contribution of C Shikha, former IAS officer and the managing director of Bangalore Metropolitan Transportation. She has not only been coaching Madhu for the exams but also for his upcoming interview. For two hours every week, Shikha has been guiding him to prepare for the interview.
“She has always been very supportive and has guided me on how to write the exam. Now she is preparing me for the interview.”
At IFORHER, we want to thank Madhu for letting us believe that our dreams are much bigger than our circumstances. We wish Madhu luck for his interview and hope his dream would be soon fulfilled.