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Rahul Gandhi has a special message for Wayanad's first tribal woman who cracks UPSC exam

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 April 2019, 10:52 IST

A 22-year-old Wayanad tribal woman who is among 759 aspirants who cracked the All India civil services exams has received a special message from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Sreedhanya Suresh from Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad constituency is a first tribal woman to clear UPSC exams in the state.

“Ms Sreedhanya Suresh from Wayanad is the first tribal girl from Kerala to be selected for the civil service. Sreedhanya’s hard work & dedication have helped make her dream come true. I congratulate Sreedhanya and her family and wish her great successs in her chosen career,” Rahul Gandhi Tweeted.

Sreedhanya bagged the 410th rank in the Civil Services Examination, 2018. She is s among the 29 Keralites who have cleared the exam. "I am from the most backward district in the state. There are no tribal IAS officers from here even though there is a considerably large tribal population. I hope this will be an inspiration and motivation to the future generations to overcome all hurdles," Sreedhanya told media.

Kerala Chief Minsiter Pinarayi Vijayan was among the first politicians to congratulate the 22-year-old. "Sreedhanya fought the social backwardness and passed the civil services exam with flying colours. Her achievement will inspire other students in the future," he wrote in his Facebook post.

Out of the 759 ranks declared, 577 ranks were bagged by males and 182 by females. R Sreelekshmi (rank 29), Ranjana Mary Varghese (rank 49) and Arjun Mohan (rank 66) are among the others who cleared the exams from Kerala.

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First published: 6 April 2019, 10:52 IST