- Graduation: English literature
- Present Job: Clerk in Tamil Nadu Grama Bank, Madurai
- Language for UPSC Main: Tamil
- Optional Subject: Tamil literature
- Rank: 286
- Hobby: Music and quiz
For Purana Sunthari, the day would always begin with her parents reading out the newspapers to her. And last week the news was all about her—as the first visually challenged candidate from Tamil Nadu to have successfully cleared the 2019 UPSC exam.
Having lost her eyesight at the tender age of five, Sunthari, named after the family deity, has never let blindness come in the way of studying well and scoring high marks in school exams. “It was during middle school that I decided to become an IAS officer after reading about the selfless service of district collectors during the 2004 tsunami. I may not be able to do active field work like them, but I hope to help...