The family had alleged that a goof-up had claimed Manjunath’s life

The family of 24-year-old civil services aspirant Manjunath V.Y., which had alleged that a goof-up in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam results had led to his suicide, was left confused on Monday after the commission said that boy had not qualified to appear for the Civil Services (Main) exams.

Manjunath, a resident of Srirampuram, ended his life in Napoklu in Kodagu district on Saturday.

His family, then, said that Manjunath went into depression after he found out that his roll number (538745, as provided in the documents given by the family), which was shown to have been ranked 264, was showing the name of a different candidate.

When The Hindu contacted Manjunath’s father, Yadava Murthy, after the UPSC clarification, he said, “I am confused now. I will try contacting the authority concerned to seek further clarification.”

The commission, which expressed regret over the death of the 24-year-old, however, said that it had thoroughly looked into the matter.

It said the results announced were correct.

In fact, Manjunath had been allotted roll no 538950 and not 538745 as seen in the hall ticket that the family showed.

According to the UPSC, Manjunath had appeared under the allotted roll number (538950), but had failed to clear his preliminary round of the exam in 2012.

Therefore, his name too was not announced in the list and consequently, he could not have appeared for the Civil Services (Main) or the interview either, according to a statement from the UPSC.


Asked about the interview round for which the family had said that Manjunath had flown along with his relatives to New Delhi on April 16, Mr. Yadava Murthy said that he had indeed accompanied his son to the UPSC building there, but he did not personally see his son go into any interview hall.