Seventeen candidates who underwent training at the Kerala State Civil Service Academy have emerged successful in the civil services examinations of the Union Public Service Commission, the results of which were published on Thursday evening.

A state government institution, the Academy grooms candidates who clear the main examinations to face the personality test. Eight of the seventeen candidates who would get allotted to various services, are from the city. In all, 34 candidates underwent training for the civil services examinations this year.

Divya Gopinath a medical doctor who cleared the examinations in her first attempt, has secured the 131{+s}{+t} rank. She resides in the medical College area. Her options were medicine and zoology. This mother of a four-year-old girl told the Hindu that she expects to get placed in the Indian Police Service and that she is looking forward to joining the service.

S. Lakshmanan a resident of Manacaud who secured the 126{+t}{+h} rank is also a medical doctor and a batchmate of Ms. Gopinath. Both of them are currently doing their PG courses in medicine.

His options for the main examinations were medicine and Malayalam literature. According to him he developed his taste for Malayalam from his late mother who was a teacher of the language. “Around 220 students had come for the interview from Tamil Nadu; 100 of them had taken Tamil Literature as one optional subject,” he said.

Mr. Lakshmanan had a “bitter experience” when he took zoology as his second optional. The mock interviews conducted at the Academy helped him iron out deficiencies in the way he approached an interview. “Both at the mock interview here and at the UPSC I was asked questions on naxalism,” he pointed out.

Other city-based candidates who were trained by the Academy are Divya Gopinath (rank 81), N. M. Veena (207), S. L. Sreeparvathy(479), L. Deepthi(586), Reuben Mathew Jacob(600) and Neethu Sona( 727).

A press note issued here said the training was led by a team of retired and serving civil servants led by former member of the UPSC Roy Paul.