Manoj Kumar Sharma (IPS Officer) Wiki, Age, Biography, Wife, Family, Lifestyle, Hobbies, & More…

Manoj Kumar Sharma (IPS Officer) Wiki, Age, Biography, Wife, Family, Lifestyle, Hobbies, & More...

Who is Manoj Kumar Sharma?

Manoj Kumar Sharma is a police officer in India. He had a very difficult life growing up poor and failing his 12th grade exams. However, he never gave up on his dream of becoming an officer. Through hard work and determination, he finally passed the tough civil services exam in 2005 after multiple attempts. His inspiring story of overcoming struggles and never losing hope was made into a popular Bollywood movie called ‘12th Fail’. Manoj is now seen as a real-life hero for achieving success against all odds.


Full NameDr. Manoj Kumar Sharma
NicknameSimba, Singham
ProfessionIPS Officer
Date of Birth3 July, 1975
Place of BirthBilgaon Chaudhari Village, Morena, Madhya Pradesh, India
Age (as of 2024)48
FatherRamveer Sharma (Retired MP Government Agriculture Department employee)
SpouseShraddha Joshi Sharma (IRS Officer)
EducationGraduate; MA in History; PhD in Journalism
Alma Mater Maharani Laxmi Bai Government College of Excellence, Gwalior
Known forBeing the real-life inspiration behind the critically-acclaimed 2023 Bollywood film ‘12th Fail’ starring Vikrant Massey
Hair ColourBlack
Weight65 kg
Eye ColourDark Brown
Zodiac SignCancer

Early life

Born into a poor family in Morena, Madhya Pradesh, Manoj Kumar Sharma’s early life was marred by extreme poverty and academic struggles. He failed in 12th standard but refused to give up on his dreams, taking up odd jobs like walking dogs and cleaning washrooms to fund his UPSC preparation.


Despite failing 12th standard, Manoj cleared the UPSC exam in his 4th attempt and joined the Indian Police Service in 2005. He served in various roles like SP Kolhapur, DIG CISF, and ACP Mumbai Police, earning praise for effectively maintaining law and order during riots and protests. In 2024, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and promoted to Inspector General rank.


Manoj did his schooling in Morena but failed in 12th standard. He later graduated from Maharani Laxmi Bai College in Gwalior and earned an MA in History. While preparing for UPSC, he also completed a PhD in Journalism from New Delhi.

Family and Affairs

Manoj Kumar Sharma is married to Shraddha Joshi Sharma, an IRS officer. They have a son named Manas and a daughter named Chia. Manoj had proposed to Shraddha while preparing for the UPSC exams, despite initial objections from her family due to his struggles. They supported each other through thick and thin, with Shraddha accompanying Manoj even when he worked odd jobs to fund his studies. Their marriage on December 5, 2005 marked a new beginning for the couple.


Manoj Kumar Sharma has a height of around 5’9” (175 cm), weighs approximately 65 kg (143 lbs), and has dark brown eyes and black hair.


Manoj Kumar Sharma received the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal on the 75th Republic Day of India in January 2024 for his exceptional service as an IPS officer.

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Trivia & Facts

  • Manoj Kumar Sharma found inspiration from biographies of Maxim Gorky, Abraham Lincoln.
  • He maintains a diary since 10th grade to express emotions.
  • He has a passion for kitchen gardening and engages his children in it.
  • He has been instrumental in controlling riots after CPI leader Govind Pansare’s killing in 2015.
  • Manoj worked as a tempo driver, pet walker, peon, washroom cleaner to fund UPSC preparation.

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