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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala’s Wayanad constituency which is basking in the glory of getting Congress president Rahul Gandhi as one of the Lok Sabha poll contestants from there, has just been given additional lustre by a tribal girl from the district.

Sreedhanya Suresh, 26 from Wayanad has cracked the prestigious Indian civil services examination, placed at a creditable 410th rank, a position that is most likely to get her a role in the Indian Administrative Service.

Expectedly, Rahul Gandhi was among the first to congratulate Sreedhanya.


Sreedhanya is the daughter of Suresh and Kamala of the Ambalakkolly tribal settlement, and is the first girl from the Scheduled Tribes in the state to achieve this feat.

Her success is even more creditable considering that she grew up in a Kurichiya hamlet, living in a dilapidated house with only the very basic amenities. Her father is a daily-wage worker and her mother earns a modest income by participating in the government-initiated Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

“We did not even have enough money to buy newspapers for her when she was preparing for the examination”, Suresh and Kamala told media persons.

And when she got the call for interview, the final step to clearing the examination, the family had to borrow Rs40,000 to send her to New Delhi for the interview.

Sreedhanya had graduated in zoology from St Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Kozhikode and post graduated in applied zoology from the Calicut University before moving to Thiruvananthapuram to attend coaching classes for the civil services examination. Her optional subject for the main examination was Malayalam literature.