Tribal pupils on UPSC merit list - Ajay Linda (532th Rank) & Neelam Aggarwal
May 17: Children of illiterate or semi-literate parents have proved their mettle
once again by cracking the Union Public Service Commission Examinations from
Jharkhand this year.
parents of Ajay Linda, a tribal (Oraon) youth, are
illiterate and work at Heavy Engineering Corporation. But Ajay excelled beyond
anyoneâ€™s expectations securing 532th position in the UPSC.
1990, my mother had to mortgage her belongings for Rs 2,000 to admit me at
Indian School of Mines University in Dhanbad. This is my payback time to
them,â€ Ajay told The Telegraph.
a native of Tundhuldoria village, 25km south-west of the state capital, passed
matriculation from St Ignatius School, Gumla, in 1988 with 78.6 per cent marks.
graduate from St Xavierâ€™s College, he proved his mettle by cracking the
all-India admission test of ISMU in 1990. Ajay served as a mining engineer with
BCCL and CMPDIL before cracking Jharkhand Public Service Commission examination
last year and getting appointed as block development officer of Bharno in
tribal-dominated Gumla district. â€œThis was my third attempt at UPSC. My
optional subjects were geography and public administration. I never opted for
any coaching, but had taken help of correspondence material from Synergy to
prepare for the exams. After I was declared successful in the mains, I formed a
group and shifted to Delhi, where I prepared for the interview,â€ said Ajay.
friend Sandeep Lakra with whom he prepared for interview part also cracked UPSC
securing a rank of 603. Sandeep, a resident of Harmu in Ranchi, is the son of a
senior bank officer.
Aggarwal, the daughter of a non-matriculate businessman, Kanhaiya Lalji
Aggrawal, secured 173rd rank. Neelamâ€™s mother has read up to Class VIII. â€œWe
never thought that Neelam will crack UPSC with flying colours. She studied in a
Hindi medium school,â€ said Neelamâ€™s father.
alumni of St Xavierâ€™s College, Neelam, is the first person from her entire
family to have tasted this kind of success. She holds an executive
magistrateâ€™s post in the newly-carved out Khunti district.
tribal candidate, Rakhi Nisha Oraon, has secured the 682nd rank. She is the
daughter of Union minister from Jharkhand Rameshwar Oraon. Rakhi is an
electronics engineering graduate from BIT, Mesra.