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Optimistic! 81 year old man 81-year-old man fails Class 10 exams for 46th time

Rajasthan: This isn’t a story with a happy ending, but there is enough grit and determination to inspire anyone. 

Eighty-one-year-old Shiv Charan Yadav of Alwar district in Rajasthan has failed in his 46th attempt at clearing his Class X exam under the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education. 

The board announced the result on Wednesday. 

Against his expectations, he failed to clear his exam - but unlike last year, this time he managed to pass in at least one subject. 

Yadav scored 34 marks in his social science exam. Last year he had scored zero in the same exam. 

His performance in the other subjects was: Hindi-3, English-0, mathematics-9 and Sanskrit-7. 

Last year he had failed in all the subjects. He had got 27 marks in Hindi, 4 in English, 0 in social science, 8 in mathematics and 7 in sanskrit (Each subject out of 100). 

But despite his marks, he was the centre of attraction when he had arrived at the examination centre at the Government Higher Secondary School in Alwar district’s Behror town, 5km away from his village Khohri, to take his class X exam earlier this year. 

When asked what drives this octogenarian to attempt the class X exam year after year, albeit unsuccessfully, he said he was doing it to honour the promise he made to himself in his youth: not to marry till he passes class X. 

But when gently reminded of all his failed attempts and his diminishing prospect of fetching a good bride, Shiv Charan alias Sheoram added: “Ab shaadi ka chance to hai nahi, isliye ab vishva record mein apna naam darj karane ke liye pariksha de raha hun (Now there is no hope of getting married, so I am attempting to make a world record).” 

“This time around, I had worked very hard. But with increasing age, my capacity and speed to write have whittled down. This is mainly because of my deteriorating eyesight. I fail to write despite knowing the answers,” claimed Shiv Charan who lives in a village temple after losing all his family members over the years. 

“Next year I will work even harder,” said the ‘most persistent pupil’ in Rajasthan in what sounded more like a promise to himself. 

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