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P. Pradeep
P. Pradeep

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P. Pradeep secured 101st rank in Indian Civil Services exam

MYSORE: “It is a gift to my mother on Mother’s Day,” said P. Pradeep, who secured the 101st rank in the Indian Civil Services examination. He is hoping to be selected for the coveted Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

At a time when career options are perceived to be limited to either medical or engineering stream, Mr. Pradeep, who has an engineering degree (Electronics and Communication), did not think twice before deciding to appear for the examination conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The 28-year-old is the son of T. Prabhakar, an executive engineer in Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) and K.T. Prabhavati, a housewife. He did his primary schooling at St. Anne’s English Medium School at Maddur and high school at Chinmaya Vidyalaya in the city. He completed PUC from Marimallappa’s College. Later, he enrolled for BE at Vidya Vikas Engineering College in the city. “I could easily have got a job in a software firm but I was keen on public service and hence decided to take the civil services exam,” said Mr. Pradeep.

That persistence pays off is evident as he attained his goal during his fifth attempt. During the previous attempt Mr. Pradeep had an all-India ranking of 194 and was selected for the Indian Revenue Service but it was the IAS which was his goal. The choice of his subjects for the civil service examination was different from his engineering background.

“I had Public Administration for the prelims and opted for Kannada Literature and Geography for the mains for the simple reason that such a broad-based study would help me in diverse situations,” said Mr. Pradeep. But the choice of the subject is also dictated by the interest one has in it as it requires long hours of study, he added.

Mr. Pradeep has a word of advice for IAS aspirants: “Work hard but work smart”. He also allayed fears that the examination was difficult to crack or required investment. “Most of the study material is easily available by way of good books and supplementary material and the cost is not much,” he said. But what was required was a single-minded approach and encouragement from parents, he added.

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