(Success Story) Balaguru IAS Topper 2014 (AIR-256)
It’s celebration time for Balaguru, who despite abject
poverty has cracked the prestigious civil service examinations. “My childhood
dream was to become a Collector. But I knew it was at a distant reach because of
poverty,” said the 27-year-old, who has laboured in various jobs, including that
of a security guard, before clearing the UPSC exam in his fourth attempt.
Son of Kumarasamy and Elammal, agricultural labourers at
Therapadi village in Aravakurichi, Balaguru studied up to Class XII at the
Aravakurichi government high school. His sister Janaki, told Express over phone
that Balaguru ended up as a daily wager to sustain the family. The IAS aspirant
worked in a financial enterprise in Thiruthuraipoondi from 2004-08. As a
responsible brother, Balaguru, with his meagre earning of Rs 4000 a month, had
arranged Janaki’s marriage in 2009.
Armed only with higher secondary education but determined to
build a career, Balaguru landed up in Chennai. “I used to read newspapers at the
Connemara public library in Egmore and was inspired by those preparing for the
civil and other competitive examinations. I developed friendship with them and
learnt that I could do a degree through correspondence course to appear for the
competitive exams as well. That prompted me to pursue BA (History) with the
distance education programme offered by Madurai Kamarajar university during
2008-2011,” he recalled.
Courtesy: Indian Express