Kerala Coolie Cracks Civil Services Exam Using Free Railway Wi-Fi

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In a world where half the generation whiles away its time playing PUBG, and the internet is as taken for granted as our parents are, comes another tale of inspiration.

Sreenath has been working as a porter at the Ernakulam railway station in Kerala, for the past five years, but he is no ordinary man. While you might have seen him ferrying luggage day to day, you’ll also notice him having his earphones plugged in the entire time. In a case that has stunned many, Sreenaath cleared the second round of UPSC by using the Railway Station’s free WiFi to study, while going about his daily duties.

Students invest thousands in institutes that claim to provide the best coaching to clear these exams- Sreenath just needed a smartphone. Determined to crack the Kerala Public Service Commission exam, he continued with his studies while working hard at his job. He used the railway’s free WiFi to download lectures, tutorials, and PDFs, and studied them extensively, whenever he could find time out of his hectic schedule. This was his fourth attempt at the examination- and the first time he had been exposed to the wonderful well of knowledge that was the internet.

“I have appeared thrice for the KPSC exam, and this is the first time I used the WiFi at the station. I put on my earphones and listen to the study material as I carry the luggage, or solve questionnaires in my mind. This way, I can work and study at the same time. I revise all my work at night when I get free time,” Sreenath told PTI.

The WiFi service, launched in 2016 as part of Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative, provides free Internet to passengers. The dream of a Digital India is overtaking the nation and is making people’s lives easier, every day.

“I will keep studying. While I work as a coolie because I have the pressure of running my house, I will keep studying and appearing for exams. If I appear for enough exams, I am bound to get a good job,” Sreenath told NDTV.

Every year around 5 lakh aspirants appear for the UPSC prelims, out of which only a little over 10,000 qualify for Mains. The grilling selection process makes it one of the toughest examinations to crack in the country.


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