Know The Real Life Story Of “12th Fail” Fame – Manoj Kumar IPS!

Stories from Society By Akarshi Srivastava | 4 min read

12th fail IPS Officer

Family is not just a word but an actual emotion. Even when we give up on ourselves, our families refuse to do that. Blockbuster “12th fail” is based on the real-life story of IPS Manoj Kumar Sharma, which perfectly describes that your family is your biggest ally in times of hardship and struggle. His grandmother gave up all her life savings to motivate him to succeed further in life.

This movie is a true representation that no failure can stop you in life if you refuse to give up. Read more to get your needed dose of motivation for overcoming a failure and making it big in life. 12th Fail is a perfect source for it because there is a reason behind its nomination for the Oscar Awards 2024!

12th Fail had the courage to stand up again

12th Fail IPS manoj kumar
Source : Instagram

Hailing from the Monera district of Madhya Pradesh, India, IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma gained popular fame in town after the movie “12th fail”. Well, yes, it is a real-life story where a 12th fail boy became a renowned IPS officer. Isn’t it quite inspiring that even with bad financial situations and traumatic life experiences, he still continued the journey and became an IPS officer?

IPS Manoj Kumar Sharma
IPS Manoj Kumar Sharma Age – 48 years
IPS Manoj Kumar Sharma wife – Shraddha Joshi (IRS officer)
Manoj Kumar Sharma IPS current posting – Mumbai Police, Additional Commissioner

The most inspiring thing about his story is his zeal and the honesty with which he kept the promise made to his ideal, DSP officer Dushyant Singh. IPS Manoj Kumar failed once in 12th grade, and all his dreams of supporting his family with a job as a helper shattered right in front of his eyes. But one interaction with the newly posted DSP of his village, Dushyant Singh, changed his whole life, as he taught him to be honest in the exams and give up cheating. Manoj Kumar Sharma promised himself that he would give up cheating and become an inspiring personality, just like the DSP and that’s where the actual journey started.

Fought with the strongest weapon – Love

When he cleared the 12th examination without cheating in the second attempt, his grandmother gave him all his life savings to become a reputed police officer. With the support of family and loved ones he left his home to kickstart the journey of becoming someone the nation adores but was robbed midway and everything he had was taken away from him.

12th Fail IPS Manoj Kumar
Source : Instagram

The days became so challenging for him as he had to sleep beside beggars and eat anything that he got just to survive in life. Back in 12th, he adored a girl so much but could never gather the courage to actually ask her out. However, the challenging life situations pushed him mentally to reconnect with her and soon he proposed to her too. Earlier, IPS Manoj Kumar had nothing in life but still, he promised Shraddha Joshi, the love of his life, that he would do anything for her and become an officer as well. Shraddha loved him for the person he was and accepted his proposal to be a trustworthy partner in the struggling days.

Took up odd jobs but never gave up

Having the worst financial conditions forced him to take up every possible job that had the possibility to earn a single penny. From driving a tempo to working as a dog walker, he took up everything. The most worthy job was when he got an opportunity to work as a helping hand in a library. It helped him with all the side knowledge he needed to become an IPS. Since Manoj Kumar IPS came from a very underserved background so, he had to work super hard to improve in every aspect of life.

12th fail IPS Manoj Kumar
Source : Instagram

Shraddha Joshi supported him by suggesting good books to read that he would easily access from his library. From famous writers like Gorky and Abraham Lincoln to Muktibodh, he read everything. All of this helped him gain an undefeated personality, which this 12th fail IPS officer carries proudly today.

This 12th fail IPS failed thrice in UPSC

With a dream of replicating the personality of his ideal, Manoj Kumar left his home to become a DSP. Later he got to know that the government has stopped hiring for three years straight. With all the money robbed of, life stopped for him as going back home with nothing meant breaking multiple hearts. So, he started struggling and got to know about UPSC. He traveled from Gwalior to Delhi as an unknown aspirant with similar dreams and agreed to help him financially for the time being.

12th fail IPS Manoj Kumar
Source : Instagram

IPS Manoj Kumar always had faith in himself so he relocated to Delhi and began preparing for one of the toughest competitive civil services examinations, UPSC. But life had several challenges for him so he failed thrice.

Succeeded the fourth time & became the “fearless” IPS officer!

Refusing to give up, this 12th fail man gave his fourth attempt and cleared with a remarkable AIR 121 ranking. After clearing UPSC he finally became the reputed IPS officer. This was a much-awaited turn in his life as IPS Manoj Kumar failed severe hardships in life including the most shocking one where he was remembered as a “12th fail”. But as he promised to never cheat in life, this was his key mantra as an IPS as well.

Supported by the strongest woman, his wife, an IRS officer

His honesty and bravery earned him titles like “Shera” and “Singham.”. He has a domineering style and refuses to bend before corruption or safety threats. Throughout his challenging journey, one thing that remained constant was the support and encouragement of the love of his life, Shraddha Joshi. After having a secure and successful future, the first thing he did was marry her. On his special day, how could the “12th fail” IPS forget his ideal in life?

12th fail IPS manoj kumar's wife
Source : Instagram

So, IPS Manoj Kumar and his wife went together to invite DSP Dushyant Singh for the D-day. Manoj Kumar’s wife is also a reputed IRS (International Revenue Service) officer. Together, the husband-wife duo stand as one of the greatest motivation for all the youngsters highlighting the fact that failure never means the end of life!

12th fail IPS Manoj Kumar Sharma’s current posting is in Mumbai Police as Additional Commissioner. His life story is a big hit in the industry, as the movie “12th Fail” directed by the best, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, is nominated for the Oscars in 2024. Take your required dose of motivation from this 12th fail and never give up on your dreams. Mad4India wishes you a bright shining future and we will continue to bring the best of India so that you can keep yourself motivated.

For copyright purposes, links to the feature image – Instagram, Wikipedia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is 12th fail movie based on a real story?

Yes, it is the real-life inspiring story of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma.

Who is the wife of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma?

Shraddha Joshi, the IRS officer, is the wife of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma.

Did the 12th fail movie win Oscars?

Not yet. Currently, it is nominated for the Oscar Awards to be held in 2024.

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