Sanju Rani Verma is expected to join the ranks of a commercial tax officer in UP, however, she has a higher calling as she aims to crack the civil services exam and become a District Magistrate.
Back in 2013, 28-year-old Sanju was pursuing her post-graduation from Delhi University after completing her graduation from RG Degree College in Meerut district. But, her family wanted her to get married and settle down.
Just like many other women in India, Meerut’s Sanju Rani Verma too was pressurized by her family to let go of her dreams and ‘settle down’. In 2013, shortly after her mother passed away due to illness, her family members started pressurizing her to drop out of college.
After several failed attempts in making her family understand the importance of education and her perspective of being career-oriented, she took the call to leave home and to prepare for civil services.
“That year (in 2013) I not only left home but also the PG course which I was pursuing from DU. There was no money. I took a room on rent and started teaching children. I also got part-time teaching jobs at private schools. Somehow I continued my studies for civil services exams,”Verma told
She had no family support and no financial aid. She all on her own kept her dreams to crack Public Service Commission exam. Sanju Rani Verma sometimes gave tuitions and worked at a private company to earn some money and sustain herself while she prepared for the examinations.
She is now preparing for IAS and she wants to become a Collector in Meerut one day.
Nevertheless, Sanju Rani Verma wants to help her family financially and get their support. Probably, her success gives strength to young women and they pursue their dreams.