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Updated: May 24, 2012 10:24 IST

Her aim: to serve society better from a policy-making position

Amutha Kannan
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In the conventional sense, she was settled for life. A dental surgeon by profession, she cleared the Civil Services examination in the third attempt in 2009 and was serving in Group ‘A' in the Indian Postal Service.

But 28-year old V.S. Alagu Varsini from Pollachi was not a content person.

Because, her dream was not just to become an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), but to realise the dreams of many from the position of a policy-maker.


When Ms. Varsini started her dentistry practice after completing her course in Chennai in 2005, she came across many people suffering from oral diseases due to harmful practices. The main cause she identified was tobacco and the illegal vending of it.

Though she wanted to do something about it, she realised it would be best if she did it from a different position and not that of a dentist.

She could not bear the thought of people dying from oral cancer.

She visited Hyderabad and Delhi, started preparing for the Civil Services and made her first attempt in 2007.

She failed in two consecutive attempts.

But she was successful in her third in 2009 when she got the 737 rank. Instead of continuing as a dentist and making the fourth attempt, she joined the Indian Postal Service and started serving in Ghaziabad.

It took her two years to make the next attempt.

But she is not unhappy about the delay because she says she used the two years to analyse her weaknesses and also get ample opportunities to interact with IAS officers of her own batch and seniors that helped her do her interview well.

The necessary motivation also came from her father who himself had written the Civil Services examinations years ago.

And, she has exceeded her expectations in that, Varsini who in her last attempt got the 737 rank, catapulted to the 77 rank that gave her the fourth place in Tamil Nadu.

Field experience

“I knew I had done my exams well.

But I was not able to articulate confidently in the interview in the last attempt.

The field experience that I gained in the last two years made me overcome this and I was able to face the interview without inhibitions,” says Ms. Varsini who was not sorry she could not take leave, being an officer trainee, to prepare.

Now that she has entered the IAS cadre, Ms. Varsini hopes that some day she will be in a key policy-making position when she will draft policy notes to put an end to the menace that snatches away many precious lives.

Really when we are committed to our dreams then nobody can stop us in
achieving what we desire.I appreciate your consistent efforts and we all
need to learn from people like you.

from:  kanchan lavania
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 11:53 IST

She deserves the post . Her determination will bring good reforms in health policy of India .

from:  Ramu
Posted on: May 22, 2012 at 14:29 IST

She deserves the post . Her determination will definitely bring good impact in the health sector . CONGRATS :-)

from:  Ramu
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 16:14 IST

It was really a splendid dedication.Hats off
!even I wanna follow your path.I have completed my EAMCET,2012,mostly
expecting a medical seat.even if I dont get it I shall switch on to
civils .What all I need is just little encouragement.

from:  pragna reddy
Posted on: May 17, 2012 at 19:58 IST

congratulations to her hard work.These civil services aspirants are very ambitious from the day the results are out. They want to do something new to the public.Now, for this Doctor Dentist there are challenging public services available.1. The Denture which is a cover for the damaged tooth may be made available to the poor for a nominal price 100-200.2.The rotating chair for the dental patients costing 2-3 lacs should be made available to the doctors at a nominal cost of 10000-20000. 3.The dental education upto BDS should be subsidized so that there will be so many dentists in India who will later on qualify as IAS or Indian postal service officers.The free tooth powder scheme of state govt should be upgraded to tooth paste scheme. UPSC interview should include questions about the problems of tooth.

Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 10:02 IST
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