Mansoor Ali Kappungal, 32, is a name that is close to the hearts of millions of Malayalees. He is the face of the Kerala PSC (Public Service Commission) exams and is helping millions crack it through his YouTube videos and Facebook page.
While he has found tremendous professional success, the journey to the top was anything but easy.
“I come from the village of Edathanattukara in Palakkad District, Kerala. I was 10 when I lost my father and 17 when my mother passed away. Being raised by my elder brothers who were both teachers, influenced me to step into the world of education, and that’s what led me to the PSCs,” shares Mansoor.
After graduating with a Masters in History and a Bachelors in Education, he cleared the Kerala PSC exams without much preparation. He understood that cracking the PSCs was quite easy, with a little bit of hard work and determination.
“It became a sort of craze for me to keep setting goals and achieving them. I kept answering question papers from previous years. I kept practising again and again. From jobs that require a class 7 qualification to the sub-inspector level examinations, I was able to crack them all,“ he adds.
Soon, he went on to write almost 60 PSC Exams in a span of 13 years and cleared 51 of them. Through the PSCs, he has earned eligibility for many posts. Last year, after getting the 9th rank for the position of a high school assistant, he requested the commission to remove his name from the list. “I was aiming for a higher rank, and I didn’t want another person to lose out on an opportunity“ explains Mansoor.
Mansoor has also cleared the NET (National Eligibility Test), SET (State Eligibility Test) and CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test) and is waiting for the next set of PSC Examinations for the post of a professor.
With almost over 3 million views, Mansoor’s interactive teaching videos on the ‘Uncademy’ channel and the posts on his Facebook page ‘PSC Thriller’ has helped many clear the PSC and the LDC (Lower District Clerk) examinations.
“I started doing coaching videos because I know there are a lot of people out there who are struggling to afford classes. Many of them are not even aware of the opportunities that PSC holds, and if I can help even one person, I think that’s a big difference I’m making,” says Mansoor.
“Mansoor Ali sir has a unique way of explaining concepts in his videos. You have to watch it once, and it’ll stay in your mind forever. It’s no surprise that he has such a great following,” says Vismaya R, one of his ardent followers.
Mansoor, who is currently posted as a Sub-Jail Superintendent in Kasargod after clearing the exams in 2018, was also called up by the Kerala Police’s Indian Reserve Battalion. After five months of intense training, he decided to quit and return to his PSC dreams.
Although Mansoor ended up back in his Khaki uniform, he is fulfilling his dreams of teaching through his posts and videos online.
“I go back home after work and answer 2-3 PSC question papers every day. In the past 13 years, I’ve published almost 7,000 answered question papers on my Facebook page. In 2017, 70% of the questions that appeared for the PSC Examinations were the ones from my page,” says Mansoor.
Besides answering examination papers, Mansoor also puts out job alerts and examination rules and regulations on his page to keep his followers informed.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)