It is often said that with immense hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Testament to these words is Madhu NC, a bus conductor in Bangalore, who has proven his mettle by clearing the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
The 29-year-old cleared his prelims in June last year. When Madhu saw his roll number in the results of the Civil Services Exam, his happiness knew no bounds.
Madhu hails from the town of Malavalli in district Mandya, Karnataka. He started working as a conductor at just 19 years of age, right after completing school to support his family. Determined to study further, he completed his graduation and post graduation through distance education and obtained an MA in Political Science.
Madhu did not allow his busy routine of working as a bus conductor for 8 hours daily to compromise his preparation for the exam. “I always wanted to achieve something big in life. I started working early to support my family but that did not stop me from studying further. I used to study for 5 hours a day. My subjects were Ethics, Political Science, Maths and Science. I would study every day, before and after work. I would also wake up at 4 am and finish my studies before proceeding to work.”
The sweet fruit of success did not come easy to Madhu, who in 2014, unsuccessfully appeared for the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) exam. This only impelled him to work harder. He then appeared in for the UPSC exam in 2018, but could not clear it. An undeterred Madhu finally cleared the prestigious exam in his second attempt, and now has an interview on March 25.
Madhu is receiving guidance for the interview from C Shikha, Managing Director of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). Shikha, a 2004-batch IAS officer, devotes two hours every week to help him tackle the interview scheduled for March 25.
While Madhu’s parents do not fully understand his accomplishment, they are extremely proud of their son. “My parents don’t know what exams I have cleared but are very happy for me. I am the first one to be educated in my family.”
Office in the Indian Administrative Service is highly coveted and looked-up-to, with more than 8 lakh aspirants appearing for the preliminary exam each year. Madhu is optimistic about the interview and his future. His dedication is inspiring, and he will certainly succeed in realising his dream of becoming an IAS officer and serving the country.