Story : Tribeswoman
scripts story of success
fared badly in the tenth class examinations but it did not deter her from
aspiring to reach the top position in life.
With sheer hard work and perseverance, Chandrakala, a tribeswoman from
Garjanapally village in Yellareddypet mandal, who had even failed to get
admission in mathematics, science or commerce and had to be content pursuing an
academic career with history, economics and geography as her main subjects,
ultimately managed to script a story of success.
With whole-hearted support from her family, Chandrakala secured the 409th rank
in the Civil Services exams whose results were announced by the Union Public
Service Commission (UPSC) last week.
In fact, her main subjects helped her secure a good rank in the UPSC exams.
Chandrakala, mother of a nine-year old girl, has earned a name not only for
herself but also for her native town Ramagundam and her in-laws� village
Her husband A Ramulu works as deputy executive engineer in Sriramsagar Project
(SRSP) at Lower Manair Dam (LMD).
The third child of Lakshmi and Kishan (a retired foreman with Fertilizer
Corporation of India (FCI) in Ramagundam), Chandrakala studied up to the 12th
standard at Kendriya Vidyalaya (CBSE syllabus) in the town.
She joined Koti Women�s College in Hyderabad to study BA but was married
off in the second year.
Her high aspirations prevented her from giving up studies and she completed MA
(Economics) through distance education and prepared for Group I with the help of
her husband who took care of their child.
Not surprisingly, Chandrakala emerged the topper among SC/ST candidates in Group
I examinations conducted by the AP Public Service Commission and became Deputy
Registrar with Cooperative Societies. This boosted her morale and she decided to
appear for the Civil Services.
Though she failed to succeed in her first three attempts, she qualified for the
main exams in her fourth attempt and secured the 409th rank. �My Arts
background indeed helped me in my success,� she said.
Her optionals in Civils were geography and public administration. She preferred
the IAS though she was offered the IPS.
�I owe my success to my daughter Keerti Meena, who instilled confidence
in me whenever I was low,� she said and also acknowledged her
family�s unstinted support.
She lamented over the low percentage of literacy in Karimnagar district and
wished to get irrigation water to her village Garjanapallay.