82-year-old 'student' fails Matric exam for 47th time

05:46 PM | 30 Jun, 2016
82-year-old 'student' fails Matric exam for 47th time
JAIPUR: An old man has failed to clear the Rajasthan Board Class 10 exam in his 47th attempt, after exam results were announced last week.

Shiv Charan, 82, took his first board exam in 1969. Since then, passing them has become the main aim of his life.

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Popularly known as Sheojiram and Pappu, the old man lives in the Kohari village of Rajasthan state. His failure in the board examinations has once again shattered his hopes of getting married.


In the early years of his life, he promised to marry only after getting through the examinations. “It is not just passing the exam. It will also give me an opportunity to get married," he told India Today.

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This time, he was not able to pass in any subject. In some subjects, he even secured zero marks.

However, the old man is still determined to achieve success. Because of his age, he has problems with his eye sight, hearing and in walking but his passion for clearing the exam remains.

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“Till the time I am alive I will go on giving the exam," Shiv Charan said. “In 1995, I passed in almost all subjects except mathematics,” he added.


Shiv, who is fully dependent on the state government's old age pension, now lives in a temple.