Passed B.A. (Honors) in English from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Orissa. Started his literary career in Oriya. He was a poet of Sabuja Yuga in Oriya Literature. Later he shifted his writing to Bengali. Annadashankar Roy was the first "native" Indian in British India to stand first in the I. C. S. examination, an achievement that is history and had excited thousands of patriotic natives at that time.
He married an American pianist called Alice Virginia Orndorf. After marriage Alice Virginia took the name Leela Roy.