42-year-old Bindu told a news portal that while her 24-year-old son passed the Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC) exam with a rank of 38, she passed the Last Grade Servants (LGS) exam with a score of 92.
When her son was in class 10, Bindu started reading books to encourage him to read, but it also inspired her to prepare for the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) exams. After nine years of hard work, she and her son will now both be starting their careers in government services together.
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The woman stated that what started as an effort to get her son interested in reading led her to enroll in a coaching center, where she later enrolled her son as well following his graduation.
Bindu shared that after three attempts—two for the LGS exam and one for the LDC—her fourth attempt was successful. She added that passing the LGS exam was a “bonus” but her primary focus was the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) supervisor exam.
Bindu, who has been an Anganwadi teacher for the past ten years, said that her friends, her son, and the teachers at the coaching center all provided support and encouragement while she made multiple attempts to pass the PSC exams.
While they did not study together, according to her son, who also spoke to NDTV, they would discuss certain topics.
“I prefer to study alone. Moreover, she does not always study. She studies when she gets time and after her Anganwadi duties,” he said.
“I had given a police exam a shot earlier, but my name came in the supplementary list,” he added, continuing: “This time around, I studied more for the LDC exam.”
Bindu confirmed that she did not always study, in line with what her son had mentioned about her study habits.
“I am the best example of what a PSC aspirant should be and should not be. By that I mean I do not study continuously. I start preparing for the exam six months before the test date. Then I take a break till the next round of exams is announced three years later,” she said.
“Maybe, it is due to these breaks in preparation that I never managed to clear the exams before now. At the same time, I am also an example of how persistence pays off in the end. If you keep at it despite the failures, you will eventually attain success,” Bindu added.
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