on January 23 in Cuttack, Orissa, to Prabhabati and Janakinath Bose.
Janakinath, an advocate, was the first non-official Chairman of
the Cuttack Municipality and a government pleader and public prosecutor.
in the Baptist Mission School.
1902 - 1913:
Subhas as a teenager comes under the influence of the teachings
of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekanada.
high school examination. Comes second in examination for entrance
to Calcutta University, which at that time included almost the entire
north India and the eastern provinces of undivided India.
Presidency College, Calcutta, with philosophy as the major subject.
from Presidency College for going on strike against manhandling
of students by an English professor. Appeals to the university for
permission to study in some other college, but is refused. Takes
to social service, organises youth for physical, intellectual and
moral advancement and campaigns against untouchability.
admission in Scottish Church College, Calcutta.
for England after passing the B A examination with first class honours,
to appear for the Indian Civil Service (ICS) examination and also
to take the Tripos in Moral Philosophy at the Cambridge University.
1920: Joins Cambridge University and appears
for the ICS Examination in August. Ranks fourth among the successful
candidates. Following a secret information, British authorities
reduce his rank to fourth on suspicion that he might resign from
the ICS. Examination result would have ranked him first but his
marks are reduced in the viva.