Muhammad Ali Shihab was born in Edavannappara, Kerela. He used to assist his father in selling betel leaves and bamboo baskets. Soon his father died and his mother was too poor to bring him up, so she got him admitted into an orphanage. All Mohammad Ali needed was proper guidance as he wanted to excel in his academics and make a gleaming career for him. He started receiving proper guidance in orphanage.
During his stay in orphanage he completed his school and college from distance learning. Shihab has cleared around 21 exams conducted by government agencies. In order to learn, he went through certain hardships, he says, “I used to read in scant light under the cover of bed sheet and pillows in order not to disturb my friends sleeping in the neighboring beds.”
Muhammad Ali Shihab is a meritorious student as he has proved this by clearing various exams. Regarding this he said,”I appeared for the posts of forester, jail warden and railway ticket examiner. The civil service crept into my dreams only at the age of 25. When I revealed my intention to try my luck at the UPSC exam, the orphanage supported me in every way.”
Muhammad Ali has seen struggle all his life and now intent to serve the people as he has successfully cleared the UPSC exam. Since Muhammad has seen the struggle and the reality of life himself, he believes that he can serve people, society and the country better. He has presented a motivational example that in spite of all the hardships and limited access to academic resources, he has cracked the not so easy UPSC IAS exam.
The struggle from orphanage to an IAS exam proved out to be fruitful for Muhammad Ali Shihab.
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