Bus conductor who studied 5 hours daily to clear the UPSC exam - ForumIAS

Bus conductor who studied 5 hours daily to clear the UPSC exam

When Madhu NC saw his roll number in the results of the Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) mainswhich were declared recently in January, his joy knew no bounds. This was not just a big moment that everyIASaspirant looks forward to. Madhu is a bus conductor with theBMTCand the first in his family of elder brother, sister-in-law and parents, to go to school. Understandably, his mother is over the moon too, sharing the joy that her son feels, despite not understanding the import of the results.


The now 29-year-old cleared the prelims in June last year and the results were declared in October after which he started preparing for the Mains. Madhu had to study Political Science & International Relations, Ethics, Language, General Studies (divided into three parts), Maths and Essay Writing. He chose Political Science and International Relations as his optional subjects. Interestingly, Madhu gave his preliminary exams in Kannada but his mains in English.


Madhu who hails from the small town of Malavalli in Mandya, started working at the age of 19 as a conductor, after completing his school. He then completed his graduation and post-graduation through distance learning and now holds a Masters in Political Science degree. “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,” beams Madhu NC as he shows his roll number in the list proudly.

The 29-year-old conductor is now preparing for his interview which is slated for March 25th. 

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