M.P. Mullai Mukilan (26) from Balaji Nagar at Tiruppalai here has secured the 46 rank in the All India Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Mr. Mukilan who quit his job as a software engineer in Chennai in 2010, accomplished his dream of joining the Indian Administrative Services by clearing the civil services examination in his first attempt in 2010 and was undergoing Indian Revenue Services training at Nagpur. He cleared the UPSC examination in his second attempt to join the IAS this time.

He did his schooling at Rotary Lahary Matriculation School and Cathy Matriculation Higher Secondary School. Mukilan’s father A. Muthukiruttinan is a manager at the Dindigul District Agricultural Marketing Committee and his mother V. Pooranam is the superintendent at NCC Head Office in Madurai.

Mukilan said that encouragement by his parents and regular reading of The Hindu since school days had made it possible for him to achieve his long cherished dream.