Sreedhanya Suresh (22), who hails from Wayanad district, bagged 410th rank in the Civil Services Examination, 2018.
"I am from the most backward district of Kerala. There are no tribal IAS officers from here even though there is a considerably large tribal population. I hope to be an inspiration and motivation to the future generations to overcome all hurdles," Sreedhanya told media.
She was born and brought up in a Kurichiya tribal area in Kerala. Her father is a daily wage worker and mother works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Sreedhanya is an an alumnus of Thariyodu Government Higher Secondary School. She did her postgraduation in Applied Zoology at the University of Calicut after graduating in Zoology from St. Joseph’s College, Devagiri, Kozhikode.
Rahul Gandhi congratulaed Sreedhanya in his tweet which said,"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."
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday congratulated her. "Sreedhanya fought the social backwardness and passed the civil services exam with flying colours. Her achievement will inspire other students in the future," Vijayan said in his Facebook post.
He also congratulated other students from the state who cleared the exam. Other Keralites toppers include R Sreelekshmi (rank 29), Ranjana Mary Varghese (rank 49) and Arjun Mohan (rank 66). Twenty-nine Keralites have cleared the civil services examination.
Out of the 759 ranks declared, 577 ranks were bagged by males and 182 by females.