His family blames alleged goof-up in exam results for his act
A 24-year-old civil services aspirant from Bangalore committed suicide on Saturday with his family blaming an alleged goof-up in the UPSC exam results as the reason for his act.
The victim, Manjunath V.Y., who was upset about his Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam results, hanged himself to death in a building under construction in Napoklu in Madikeri.
He was a resident of Srirampuram. He left here on Thursday for Madikeri.
However, his family received a shock when they were informed by the Napoklu police that Manjunath was found hanging from the ceiling of the building in Yavakapadi village on Saturday morning.
They immediately rushed to Napoklu.
The police, who found his bag with his PAN card, identified him and then alerted a family member, Asha, whose number was stored as “Akka” in his phone. The police said that the SIM card had been turned over and suspected that it had been done intentionally to avoid him being traced.
Family blames UPSC
Manjunath’s family said that he had written his civil services exam and had passed all rounds following which he attended an interview in New Delhi in April. He had taken up Public Administration and Anthropology as his subjects. However, when the results were declared on May 3, Manjunath found that his name was missing. Though his roll number — 538745 — was announced with a rank of 264 in the final list, the name next to the roll number read Ashwin B.
Manjunath, who was deeply upset about this, tried contacting the UPSC as he was confident that he had cleared the interview but was not able to get any clarification, his family said. He is said to have sent a letter a few days ago to the UPSC seeking clarification. Manjunath then left for Madikeri.
Manjunath was the eldest son of V.S. Nagarathnamma and Yadavamurthy, who is employed as a clerk, and lived with his family in R. Gopalaswamy Iyer Colony, Srirampuram. The family, which hails from Kunigal, said that Manjunath had pursued his BE in Information Science on an education loan as the family could not afford to pay for his higher education and had taken a break for a year to prepare for the civil service exams afterward.
Mr. Yadavamurthy said that it was Manjunath’s first attempt at the exams which he cleared. He was very keen on civil services and had prepared for the exams without attending any coaching classes, he added.
His family said that Manjunath had attended the final interview in New Delhi with the entire family after they managed to collect Rs. 30,000 for the journey. They said that he was upset ever since the results were announced. They suspected that Manjunath could have gone into depression.
Manjunath’s family said that he sent a registered post to UPSC, New Delhi, on May 8. Mr. Yadavamurthy said that the UPSC had previously misspelt his son’s name in the hall ticket of his preliminary exam on May 20, 2012 with his initial mentioned as V.V. It was later rectified when Manjunath pointed out the error.