Hrudaya Kumar, a son of a below poverty line farmer from Angulai, a remote village in Kendrapara district of Odisha has secured 1079th rank in the coveted civil service examination 2014. Despite having a underprivileged background, he never looked back and achieved his desired goal. His family lives in a house which they got from Indira Awas Yojana, a social welfare flagship programme of the government.
Hrudaya Kumar has completed his primary and secondary education from government-run-primary and high school respectively. He has passed class 12th with second division marks, but he was good at cricket and had the ambition to pursue a career in the same. He also represented his home district team in the Kalahandi Cup inter-district cricket tournament.
But the destiny was already written for him and the uncertainties associated with pursuing sports career forced him to choose academics. After completion of secondary education, he enrolled in a five-year integrated MCA course at Utkal University. He optimally utilised the environment he got for studies and tried his luck in civil services exam but he failed to secure his name in the merit in his first two attempts.