Maneka Gandhi's highest educational achievement has been the Indian School Certificate, a certification equivalent to the 12th Standard exams. This did not stop Maneka Gandhi from becoming one of the most respected leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, as well as and animal rights activist and environmentalist. Pic/AFP
Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India and member of parliament from Bathinda. Harsimrat Kaur Badal completed her schooling from New Delhi's Loreto convent school. She later pursued a diploma course in textile design. Pic/AFP
Uma Bharti currently serves as the National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Born into a family of peasants in Madhya Pradesh, the minister's formal education continued only till the sixth grade. Pic/AFP
BJP leader Raosaheb Dadarao Danve is currently the Minister of State in Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Raosaheb Dadarao Danve studied at J.E.S., Jalna, Maharashtra and has completed his education till class 12.
Katrina Kaif has made a name for herself as one of Bollywood's leading ladies. It wasn't all easy for the actress though. With seven siblings and raised by her single mother, Katrina Kaif never managed to go to school. Instead, reports state that she and her siblings were tutored at home
While Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut had once thought of becoming a medical professional, after she did not succeed in her chemistry paper in Std XII, she decided to not appear for the AIPMT exams and thought of new career prospects. Instead, she focused on her passion for modelling and acting and is currently the proud recipient of many national awards
Former Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Sector Enterprises, Anant Geete apparently completed his education until Std X. Anant is also a Shiv Sena Leader
While she was a brilliant student, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa decided not to pursue higher studies. She completed her schooling from Chennai's Sacred Heart Matriculation School
Actor Arjun Kapoor decided to drop out of school after he did not clear Std XI. Instead, he went on to pursue a career in acting and is a well known Bollywood actor with a couple of hits to his name as well. Pic/AFP
Former Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju has a high flying political career. However, Raju's formal education came to a halt after he finished his tenth grade from the Standard-Hyderabad Public School. He is also the Chairman Simhachalam Devasthanam and Maharaja Alak Narayan Society for Arts and Sciences (MANSAS). Pic/AFP
One of the country's biggest media moguls, Subhash Chandra, is a prime example of why grades and degrees are not a reflection of a person's success in life. Subhash Chandra, who hails from Haryana's Hisar, dropped out of school after his tenth grade. However, his massive success led him to an honorary doctorate of Business Administration from the University of East London. He is a Member of Parliament and is part of the Rajya Sabha. Pic/AFP
Actress Kajol began her career in acting at the age of sixteen. While she planned to return back to her education, her successful career meant that the actress decided to drop the plan and completely focus on her work. She went on to become one of Bollywood's finest actresses and has delivered several award-winning performances over the decades. Pic/AFP
Leaving behind his studies, former DMK leader and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi immersed himself in politics and social causes at the young age of fourteen. He dropped out of school after he failed thrice in the final year. He passed away in August 2018. Pic/AFP
Karisma Kapoor emerged as one of the Kapoor clan's most successful actors. Karisma Kapoor's early-start into the world of acting meant that she dropped out of school after the sixth standard. She went on to deliver many hits during her career and has even won the National Award. Pic/AFP
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar studied in Don Bosco School and was also learning Karate at the time. After he was enrolled in Guru Nanak Khalsa College, he dropped out as he did not wish to pursue his education. He instead, followed his childhood dream of becoming an actor and today is one of the leading actors in Bollywood.
After completing his schooling in Delhi, comedian Vir Das achieved a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Theatre from Knox College, Illinois. Vir Das, besides having many stage shows has also appeared in many Bollywood films.
Rabri Devi, who served three terms as a Chief Minister of Bihar has not completed her graduation. She has studied up to the age of 14. Rabri Devi was married off to Lalu Prasad Yadav. She had no political aspirations. Rabri Devi entered politics after her husband Lalu Prasad Yadav resigned from the position of Chief Minister of Bihar.
Mayawati, Kangana Ranaut, Maneka Gandhi, Karisma Kapoor and many other famous Indians show us that exams and results do not define from one's success. These personalities have achieved success despite failing examinations and dropping out of school. On International Literacy Day, we take a look at some of their qualifications.
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