Fact Check: No, Bengaluru Bus Conductor Did Not Clear UPSC Mains Exam, He Misled Media
A Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus conductor, Madhu NC, had cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Prelims in June last year.
Following this, the 29-year-old started preparing for the Mains, according to an article published in the Bangalore Mirror.
The results of the Mains were declared this month which Madhu had reportedly cleared and was preparing for the interview. C Shikha, the managing director of BMTC and an IAS Officer had helped Madhu with the preparations, the article informed.
Bangalore Mirror had also reported that Madhu had stated that his parents are overjoyed, though they do not even fully understand what exams he has cleared or what it may mean.
The article was widely circulated on social media with netizens lauding the efforts of the bus conductor. Madhu's story was glorified as "a true story of determination and commitment."
Twitterati, including actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, tweeted to praise his efforts.
Exceptional! Commendable! A true story of determination, focus, commitment, of a bus conductor #MadhuNC, Bangalore. He studied for just 5hrs a day & passed the #UPSC civil services main exam. This he did while still continuing with his 8hr job. It's a dream many wish to join the— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) January 31, 2020
Meet this bus conductor who studied 5 hours daily to clear the UPSC exams— Harini Calamur (@Calamur@mastodon.social) (@calamur) January 28, 2020
Read more at:https://t.co/v3APXiheRd
Take a bow, Mr. Madhu NC!— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) January 28, 2020
A bus conductor with BMTC, studied five hours daily to clear the UPSC Civil Services exam. He's just cleared the Mains and is looking forward to the interview!
Wishing you the best for your UPSC journey!https://t.co/wi8OHzNgNA
'Greatness requires internal toughness'.— Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. (@drashwathcn) January 28, 2020
It is a matter of great delight to see a living testimony of this quote.
My best wishes to Madhu NC for his UPSC journey! Keep inspiring!
The Logical Indian, too, had picked it on account of a story that would inspire people to overcome hardships.
The Logical Indian accessed a UPSC Notice dated January 14, 2020, which furnishes information about the candidates (names and roll numbers) who had qualified for the Personality Test (Interview) for selection to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other Central Services (Group 'A' and Group 'B').
After careful scrutinization, it was found that Madhu's name was not on the list, implying that he did not clear the exams.
Further, the mark sheet that was shown by Madhu actually did not belong to him but someone else called Madhu Kumari.
Editor of the newspaper Bangalore Mirror, Ravi Joshi, took to Twitter to issue a clarification about the fake news.
In a series of tweets, he said, "We've come to know that the BMTC bus conductor who claimed to have cracked the IAS Mains exam was lying. We have reason to believe that the roll number he showed us didn't belong to him. @bangaloremirror is taking down the story till it becomes clear why he lied to BMTC and us."
We've come to know that the BMTC bus conductor who claimed to have cracked the IAS Mains exam was lying. We have reason to believe that the roll number he showed us didnt belong to him. @bangaloremirror is taking down the story till it becomes clear why he lied to BMTC and us— Ravi Joshi (@Joshi_Aar) January 30, 2020
In a separate tweet, he added, "I would like to apologise to all our readers. It was such a great story of grit and determination that even the BMTC MD and all his seniors decided to help him crack the interview. Alas, it was too good to be true."
I would like to apologise to all our readers. It was such a great story of grit and determination that even the BMTC MD and all his seniors decided to help him crack the interview. Alas, it was too good to be true— Ravi Joshi (@Joshi_Aar) January 30, 2020
Several Twitter users also took to the social media platform to clear the air on Madhu's story.
On 29/01/2020, I tweeted a news which I found inspiring that Madhu NC, a bus conductor with BMTC, studied 5 hours daily & cleared UPSC exam.— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) February 1, 2020
Now, it's revealed that news was Fake. Some Media reports now saying that he lied & misrepresented his marks.
I apologize for my tweet.
Yes,that was a fake news. pic.twitter.com/tVf7acn2Az— Ashish Mishra 🇮🇳 (@Dear_AMishra) February 1, 2020
Reportedly, BMTC is now probing how and why the conductor misrepresented his results and investigating the matter further.
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