A farmer’s son from the remote village in Andhra Pradesh made it to the third rank at an all-India level in the Union Public Service Commission’s civil services 2016 exams. Gopala Krishna Ronanki is top in both the Telugu speaking states. Ronanki who belongs to Parasamba village of Palasa block in Srikakulam district has been working as a teacher in a primary school for the last 11 years. There was a time when his parents Ronanki Appa Rao and Rukminamma could not afford electricity or enough money to send him to private school. Somehow he completed his intermediate course with maths, physics, and chemistry at the Government Junior College in Palasa.Also Read - NHM MLHP Recruitment 2021: Apply For 3393 Posts Before Nov 6. Check Eligibility and Other Details

Ronanki was quoted saying,”Then I did a two-year teachers’ training course at Dubacharla in West Godavari district and was selected as a government teacher in 2006. Getting a job was my priority as I had to earn my own livelihood.” Ronanki appeared for his graduation privately from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and pursued B Sc (MPC). However, he wanted to “make it to the IAS. I had been preparing for it for almost a decade. Finally, I could achieve my goal in my fourth attempt,” he said. Also Read - APPSC Recruitment 2021: Apply For 38 Non-Gazetted Posts on psc.ap.gov.in. | Check Eligibility Criteria, Selection Process HERE

Ronanki chose Telugu literature as his optional in the civils as he had done schooling and intermediate course in the Telugu medium. Surprisingly, he was also allowed by UPSC to appear for the personality test in Telugu. While Ronaki was striving hard to crack civil exams he did not tell his parents about his dreams.  He said, “We didn’t even have electricity at home till I completed my Intermediate. All that my parents knew was that I was a teacher. I broke the news today to them that I had been selected to the IAS and would soon become a collector.”  Pankhuri Gidwani, Miss India 2016 second runner-up secures 97.25 per cent in ISC Class 12 exams Also Read - ‘No Need to Panic’: Amid Concerns Over Power Outage, Centre Says Adequate Coal Supply Will be There

Dr Gopalakrishna, director of Brain Tree India coaching centre in Hyderabad, praising Ronaki said that he was a brilliant candidate. Candidates from the Telugu states who made it to the top 100 ranks include Mikkilineni Manu Chowdary (36), C V Praveen Aditya (79) and P Anvesha Reddy (80). Meanwhile, Ronanki’s teacher 35-year-old Bala Latha secured the 167th rank. Ronanki studied at the training institute that she headed and is physically handicapped. (Image- Hindustan Times)