IAS Success Story: Journey of A tribal woman to an IAS Officer


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IAS Success Story of a tribal woman- IAS, Sreedhanya Suresh

Most of us love to hear IAS Success Story, get inspiration and motivation. This story of a tribal woman IAS Officer will inspire many others to join the league. Let’s start with our IAS Success Story of Sreedhanya Suresh who cracked the UPSC CSE exam with all her hard work and determination despite many challenges.

“One day you’ll be at a place you always wanted to be”.

First Tribal Women to clear IAS: Sreedhanya Suresh

Sreedhanya secured an all-India rank of 410 in the 2018 IAS exam, on her third attempt. She is from one of the backward districts of Kerela, Wayanad. This article will be a great inspiration and moving for thousands of women coming from backward parts of the country.

Sreedhanya Suresh : Her background and Education

Her parents are daily wage labourers who trade in bows and arrows in the local market to make ends meet. Sreedhanya’s family belongs to the Kurichiya tribe. She grew up in the Ambalakkolly tribal settlement at Achooranam in Wayanad District. A leaking roof and even clothes lined up to make do for walls in the house did not deter Sreedhanya from her being a good student during her schooldays. In spite of all the difficulties and poverty, education remained a priority and this proved fruitful for the whole family. Sreedhanya moved to Kozhikode (Calicut) to pursue a degree in Zoology from St. Joseph’s College. After that, she completed her PG in Applied Zoology from Calicut University. Sreedhanya also secured a job with the Scheduled Tribes Development Department of the state government as a clerk after her education.

Path Towards IAS

It started at her job at the ST development department where she got an opportunity to talk to the Collector of Wayanad Sreeram Rao. Mr. Rao encouraged the young woman to pursue the IAS exam. That conversation make her motivated and went to Thiruvananthapuram for IAS coaching. Preparing for the toughest exam in the country was not easy for the young but ambitious girl. She even lost two sacks of books during the Kerala floods last year. But the gritty Sreedhanya marched on hoping to crack the exam.


Sreedhanya’s proud father says, “Despite the hardship, we never compromised on their education and Sreedhanya gave us a big gift today. We are proud of her.”

Sreedhanya was congratulated by the Kerala Chief Minister.

Her own words“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,”.

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