14 May 2019
Shocked by student's suicide over failure, IAS-officer shares own marks
The Chhattisgarh state board exam results were declared recently following which an 18-year-old student from Raigarh committed suicide for failing in board exams for the second time.
Shocked by the incident, IAS officer Awanish Kumar Sharan, the District Magistrate of Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham, appealed to students on Facebook to not get disheartened over unexpected results and shared his own board exam marksheets too.
Awanish shared motivational message, posted details of his exam results
He asked students "not to get disheartened or lose hope" on failing or getting poor marks in exams.
Along with the message, the District Magistrate also shared details of his Class 10, Class 12, and graduation marks.
You will get many chances to prove your caliber: Awanish
"Today I read a shocking [piece of] news in [a] newspaper that one student committed suicide because of unexpected result in the exam," Awanish wrote in a Facebook post.
"I appeal to all students and their parents not to take the result very seriously! It's just a number game. You will get many more chances to prove your caliber," he wrote.
Here's what IAS officer Awanish posted on Facebook
Despite scoring low in boards, Awanish could clear IAS exam
According to his Facebook post, Awanish didn't score high marks in the board exams. He scored 44.5% in Class 10, 65% in Class 12, and 60.7% in his graduation.
Through his post, he wanted to show that despite these setbacks, he never gave up. With determination and persistence, he was able to clear the difficult UPSC Civil Services Examination to become an IAS officer.
Poor marks or failure isn't the end of the world
Awanish's message on Facebook was intended to help students suffering from stress, depression, and anxiety over scoring poor marks in exams.
He wanted to boost the students' confidence and help them understand that poor marks or failure in exams isn't the end of everything.
The IAS officer also wanted their parents and family members to understand that students shouldn't be burdened with their expectations.
Why let the school percentage decide the future: Awanish
"Today choices are not limited...opportunities will keep coming as long as the students endeavor to persist with their mission. Why let the school percentage decide the future. They should soon get over it...exam results are not the end of the world," Awanish said.