For the third consecutive year, a woman (Nandini K R) has topped civil services exam, one of the toughest competitive examination in our country. All hail women!

People from nooks and corner of the country knuckle down themselves into stern preparations for this exam. Several lakh aspirants appear for civil services exams conducted by UPSC every year, while only a handful of them get to taste the success. People spend their entire young years in the hope to clear this three-tier exams and keep themselves indulged into strict study and coaching schedules. To clear it in the very first attempt takes un-describable efforts and only seldom people are able to nail that. Coaching, endless hours of studying, dedication, good health, supportive parents are just a few to name that a person usually requires to nail this exam.

But as they say, life isn’t easy! Life can throw the worst at you when you expect it the least. The news is full of unusual success stories of people who cleared the civil service exams but this exceptional story of a girl has left us spellbound and we feel, you too should know about her.

So, a slum girl, Ummul Kher suffering with a rare bone disease wanted to study beyond 8th standard but her parents told that she ‘couldn’t’. If she studied anymore, her parents would cut all ties with her or simply disown her. Now, in such a complicated situation most of us would have chosen to live conveniently with parents. But the sheer determined girl bought her own ‘jhuggi’ and started earning at the tender age of 14 by taking tuition classes, day and night. Children from nearby slum areas flooded in to study and she took four batched of 2 hours each from 3pm to 11pm. ” I got between Rs 50-100 from each student. I couldn’t have expected more as these were the children of lobaourers, iron smith, rikshaw-puller, etc,” she said. She used her hard-earned money to fund her education.

She taught those kids and studied herself simultaneously while suffering from a rare bone disease as well. She cleared her 12th class with 92% and took admission in Delhi University. She further completed her master’s from JNU. And after 16 fractures and 8 surgeries, here is this 28 years old Ummul Kher, a pretty girl with a wide relaxed smile on her face for she has cracked the UPSC exam in the very first attempt and achieved 420 rank.

She hopes to get into IAS under disability quota. And talking about her parents, she says, “I don’t blame them.  They were brought up in an environment that shaped their thinking. It is not their fault.” She hasn’t informed her parents about this massive success yet, who live in Rajasthan.

We are absolutely stunned and short of words to praise this superwoman who stayed determined throughout the 14 tough years of life with a disease and no parental support. Ummel, you are a true trailblazer.  Much respect and love! We hope you have a better and an easier life ahead with truck loads of happiness.

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