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Bahni becomes first tea tribe girl to crack UPSC

By STAFF Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, April 28 - Among the successful civil service aspirants from Assam, Bahni Kumari Telenga (rank 661), happens to be the first woman from the State�s tea garden labourer community to clear the coveted UPSC exam.

B Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the National Institute of Technology at Durgapur, Bahni Kumari had left her job in Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited at Visakhapatnam to prepare for the UPSC exam. Born to former Assam Labour Minister Barki Prasad Telenga and Reena Telenga of Khongea Tea Estate at Demow in Sivasagar district, the family has since settled in Dispur,

�I had to quit my job as I was unable to prepare for the exam while in service because I could not succeed in my two earlier attempts. I left the job and started preparing for the exam at home all by myself. Right now I am prepared to shoulder any civil service job, but I will not give up trying for IAS,� an elated Bahni Kumari Telenga told The Assam Tribune.

Bahni had her school stint in St Mary�s Higher Secondary School, Guwahati. She finished her Higher Secondary from Cotton College. She then moved for B Tech in NIT, Durgapur.

On the success of Bahni, her proud father Barki Prasad Telenga while talking to this Correspondent said that his daughter really worked hard for the exam.

�She was totally immersed in her studies after she left her job a year-and-a-half ago. She has been yearning for the civil service job. She did not undergo any coaching. I am truly proud of her confidence,� he said.

Barki Prasad Telenga had won as an Independent candidate from Thowra constituency in 1985 and had joined the AGP Government.

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