Thirty students of the Kerala State Civil Services Academy have posted good performances in this year's civil services examinations the results of which were declared on Wednesday.

A total of 66 students had undergone free training for the main examination and the personality test at the academy this year.

Academy student Abhiram G. Sankar, a resident of Attingal, has bagged the fourth rank. After completing his Plus Two at Arya Central School here, he studied computer science at the T.K.M. College of Engineering. After passing out in 2009, he underwent training for the civil services at a Chennai-based institute. Mr. Sankar told The Hindu here that joining the civil services was a long-term plan of his.

He opted for geography and political science as the optional subjects. Preparation for the civil services examinations called for hard and methodical work, and lots of determination, he said.

In the personality test, his opinion was sought on diverse issues, including Indo-Pak relations, the Kashmir question and Indo-China ties. Honesty and a balanced outlook on the world were qualities that the interview panel appeared to value the most, he said.

Mr. Sankar said The Hindu and Frontline magazine were the backbone of his year-long preparations. His father, R. Girisankar, is a manager with Federal Bank and his mother, Meena Sankar, a homemaker.

Gokul G. Ramachandran, a resident of Palakkad, who secured the 19th rank is also an engineer.

An alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (2010 Electronics and Communication batch), he had opted for physics and public administration for the civil services examinations.

He told The Hindu that joining the civil services would help him give back something to society in which he grew up.

Mr. Ramachandran expressed appreciation about the “pro-people news coverage” in The Hindu which, he said, aided him a lot in the preparations for these examinations. Mr. Ramachandran did his Plus Two at Holy Trinity School, Kanjikode. His father, G. Ramachandran, is a development officer with the Life Insurance Corporation of India and his mother, Praseeda, a homemaker.

Both these top rankers stressed the pivotal role played by their parents in their success in the civil services examinations. Both have opted for the IAS.

Staff Reporter writes from Kottayam:

Tariq Thomas, who secured the 35th rank, hails from Puthupally near here. He is a MBBS degree holder from Government Medical College, Kottayam. “The idea of attempting the examination was one that I had contemplated while pursuing MBBS,” he told The Hindu. Dr. Thomas is the son of a retired colonel in the Indian Army and a housewife.

The top 30 performers from the academy are: Abhiram G. Sankar (4), Gokul G. Ramachandran (19), Tariq Thomas (35), Aneesh Sekhar S (48), Lakshmanan S (71), Visakh G (80), Reghu G (82), Nikil Nirmal (178), Haritha V. Kumar (179), Rekha S (196), Muhammed Ali Shihab (226), Manjulakshmi K (235), Divya Gopinath (275), Nakidi Srujan Kumar (293), Divya Sara Thomas (336), Reuben Mathew Jacob (339), Anu Jose (356), Harisankar (359), Nikita S. Chandran (375), Ilyas K.P.A (404), Sabareesh G (407), Hari V.R (425), Laina Balan (528), Stephen Mani (554), Denning K. Babu (588), Raseem M (744), Renu B. Raj (797), Anish D ( (851), Midhun T.R (868), Sooraj Mon R (894).