The Civil Service Examination (CSE), administered by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is widely regarded as one of the toughest competitive exams in India. With its vast and diverse syllabus, extensive preparation is often considered a prerequisite for success. However, Manoj Kumar Sharma, an IPS officer from Morena, Madhya Pradesh, defied conventional wisdom by achieving his dream of becoming a civil servant despite failing his Class 12 exams.
Manoj’s journey began with humble beginnings. He struggled academically throughout his school years, receiving third-division marks in Classes 9 and 10 and failing Class 12. Yet, his unwavering determination to succeed never wavered. He worked as a tempo driver and a library peon to support himself while he studied for the CSE.
Despite the hardships he faced, Manoj’s passion for learning remained undimmed. He delved into the works of renowned figures like Gorky, Abraham Lincoln, and Muktbodh, drawing inspiration from their struggles and achievements.
His perseverance finally paid off when he cleared the CSE on his fourth attempt, securing the All India Rank (AIR) 121. Today, Manoj Sharma serves as an Additional Commissioner with the Mumbai Police, a testament to his unwavering commitment to his dreams.
The inspiring story of Manoj Sharma’s journey from a struggling student to a successful IPS officer has been immortalized in the movie “12th Fail,” starring Vikrant Massey. The film beautifully captures Manoj’s resilience, determination, and unwavering belief in his abilities, a message that resonates with countless aspiring individuals worldwide.
Manoj Sharma’s story serves as a beacon of hope, proving that even in the face of adversity, dreams can be achieved through perseverance and unwavering determination. His journey is a testament to the power of the human spirit and the indomitable human will to succeed.