The Chhattisgarh state board exam results were declared recently following which an 18-year-old student from Raigarh committed suicide for failing in board exams for the second time. Shocked by this incident, IAS Officer Awanish Kumar Sharan, the District Magistrate of Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham, appealed to all the students to not to decide their fate by unexpected results and even shared his own board exam mark sheet. Posting on Facebook, he asked the students to “not to get disheartened or lose hope” on failing or getting poor marks in exams. Along with the post, the officer also shared marks he obtained in his class 10, 12 and graduation.
Taking it to the Facebook, the 2009-Batch IAS Officer wrote, “CG Board exam results declared yesterday. Today, I read a shocking news in newspaper that one student committed suicide because of unexpected result in the exam. I appeal to all the students and their parents not to take the result every seriously! You will get many more chances to prove your caliber. I am sharing my marks of 10th, 12th and graduation”. The inspiring post dumbstruck many people and contradicted the myth that you must secure good marks in order to achieve success in life. The students nowadays are subjected to various types of pressure from their parents, teachers and guardians and are manipulated into believing that only marks can give you a luxurious and stable life. The teenage students who are highly vulnerable should be taught that low marks isn’t the end of the world and it is never too late to succeed. Of course, a mark sheet with good marks looks lucrative but once you get yourself into the college, the mark sheet will be forgotten. “Today’s choices are not limited and opportunities will keep coming as long as students endeavor to persist with their mission. Why let the school percentage decide the future? The students should soon get over it…… exam results are not the end of the world” said the officer.
In the month of April, 2019, the UPSC declared the Civil Services Examination results in which Junaid Ahmed secured 3rd rank. Junaid Ahmed was not from IIT or IIM or any other renowned college but hailed from a private university. He revealed that he got 60% in both class 10th and 12th and 61% in graduation. He also refrained from revealing his marks of class 11th, to add some humor. Despite these hitches, he cracked the IAS exam in his 5th attempt and bagged a handsome 3rd rank this year. So, there are many examples of people who got less marks or even dropped out of college but went on to become an inspiring figure for millions, by their hard work, consistency and perseverance.