She lost her eyes quite early, but cracks UPSC exams, secures 286th rank- Muhammad Kaif comes out to narrate the story

Clearing UPSC exam needs some serious piece of hard work, grit and determination. Students who get started on the path towards achieving their goals always give their heart to pull off something special.

There are one set of students with never give up attitude who make attempt after attempt till they clear the exam while there are some who clear the exam in the first attempt and there are others who cracks it despite having personal problems.

Meet Purana Sunthari who cleared the civil services exam in her fourth attempt despite being visually impaired. To be able to crack the exam as a visually-impaired candidate is indeed a staggering achievement. She was not the one who never came up with excuses but her willpower and determination to clear the exam helped her achieve the goal.

When the UPSC Civil Services Result 2019 came out, several success stories are being shown on social media. As many as 829 candidates have been selected for various posts of IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS etc. 

But this story is quite inspiring. If you come to know the story of Purana Sunthari, you will be perplexed for sure. Hailing from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, the 25-years-old woman not only cleared the notoriously tough exam but also secured an all-India rank 286.

After the results were declared, Purana was congratulated by many. Meanwhile, former cricketer Mohammad Kaif also came forward to share her inspirational story on social media, writing: “25 year old visually impaired Purana Sunthari from TN beat the odds and cracked the UPSC exam.”

Mr Kaif went on to reward her achievement, revealing that with audio examine materials arduous to return by, Ms Sunthari’s family and friends helped her examine and convert books to audio format. “Never stop chasing your dreams,” he added whereas concluding his put up.

Ms Sunthari said that it took her 5 years to crack the UPSC exam. “My parents have supported me a lot. I would like to dedicate my success to them,” she added. Speaking to The New Indian Express, Ms Sunthari stated: ”I began dreaming of turning into an IAS officer after I was in Class 11. I need to serve in areas akin to Education, Health and Women Empowerment.”

She attributed her success in the Civil Services 2019 exam to her parents, who read books for her “day and night time”, and to friends who went out of their way to help her find study material and converted it to audio format.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.