Daijiworld Media Network – Orissa (MS)
Orissa, Nov 5: Hrudaya Kumar's journey from a destitute family of below poverty line farmers in the remote village of Angulai, located in the Kendrapara district of Odisha, is nothing short of remarkable.
As a child, Hrudaya aspired to be a cricketer, but his dream met with disappointment. He then set his sights on the UPSC examination and, after his third attempt, successfully cleared it.
During his primary education, which he received in a government school in his village, Hrudaya consistently stood out in his class. His passion for cricket led him to participate wholeheartedly, and he even represented his district in cricket matches.
A setback for Hrudaya was his second-class marks in the 12th standard, where he had chosen the science stream. He faced a dilemma regarding whether to pursue a career in cricket or further his studies. His father advised him to continue his education, and Hrudaya took his father's advice to heart, dedicating himself entirely to UPSC preparation.
Hrudaya completed an integrated MCA course at Utkal University over five years. During his university years, he made the decision to pursue UPSC. His father wholeheartedly supported him, even selling his land to fund his son's education.
Hrudaya divided his time between UPSC preparation and his university studies. He also secured a lucrative position with PMRDF and was posted in Jajpur, Orissa, where he worked with tribal communities in a naxal-infested region. The challenging conditions faced by the tribals further fueled his determination to succeed in the UPSC examination.
Hrudaya did not lose hope, even after failing to clear the UPSC in his first two attempts. Finally, on his third try, he passed the examination. He emphasizes that sincerity and hard work will eventually yield positive results.