If there was no money for studies, the farmer father gave his life, now the daughter has created history by passing the UPSC exam
Debt-ridden farmer father committed suicide
Aruna’s father was a farmer and committed suicide in 2009. Aruna was studying engineering at that time. Aruna’s father committed suicide because he was unable to pay the mounting debt for the education of his five children. Aruna’s two elder sisters agreed to work for a few years to support their family after the father left, however, their father wanted their daughters to be independent and wanted them to appear in the UPSC exam.
Earlier Aruna wanted to do only simple job
Aruna who is the third of five siblings. Aruna had no intention of appearing in the UPSC Civil Services Examination earlier or clearing it. Arun just wanted to do a simple job with an engineering degree. And, unlike most of the aspirants, cracking the civil services was not Aruna’s first goal.
It was my father’s dream to clear UPSC exam: Aruna
Aruna may have dreamed of becoming an engineer for herself but life had different plans for her. Aruna changes her plan to fulfill her father’s dreams. Aruna said, “I had no dream of clearing the UPSC exam. I just wanted to be an independent woman who could earn Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. My father took it as a challenge to make his daughters independent.
‘Father gave his life to make me an engineer…’
Aruna further said, “…But during my engineering course, I lost my father because of the loan taken to provide me education. After his death, I got the feeling of service to the society and service to the farmers. I wanted to find the lost smile of my father by serving the farmers of my country.
Failed five times and flagged for the sixth time
Aruna said that she embarked on the journey of clearing the civil services exam to make her father’s dream come true. Aruna started studying hard in 2014 and attempted UPSC five times. Even after failing all five times, he did not lose heart and created history by securing 308 rank in the Civil Services Examination for the sixth time.
Running a coaching academy in Bangalore, doing social service
Even after failing many times, Aruna did not stop serving the society. Aruna has set up her own UPSC coaching institute, Aruna Academy in Bengaluru, where she encourages rural youth to apply for UPSC exams.
Aruna said – there was no hope of getting 308 rank
Aruna said, “I had no hope of clearing the UPSC exam and securing 308 rank. I tried five times but I was not successful. So I started my own academy named Aruna Academy, where my focus has been on helping rural aspirants. In the end, I was successful in my sixth attempt.
Aruna did not give exam in reservation quota
Aruna, from backward class, had the option of using the reservation quota in most of the events of her life, but she declined and took the UPSC exam under the unreserved category. Aruna said, “My father’s dream has come true now, but my dream of serving the farmers of my country and not letting them attempt suicide like my father will start now.”
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