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Senior IAS officers, an inspiration for 2009-2010 UPSC toppers

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Aiming for best:Manidhaneyam IAS Coaching Centre chairman Saidai Duraisamy with R. Lalitha who was ranked 12th in the UPSC exam.
Aiming for best:Manidhaneyam IAS Coaching Centre chairman Saidai Duraisamy with R. Lalitha who was ranked 12th in the UPSC exam.

B. Aravind Kumar

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu toppers in UPSC 2009-2010 drew inspiration from senior IAS officers in the State cadre.

R. Lalitha, as a final year civil engineering student at Periyar Maniammai University in Thanjavur, who stood 12 {+t} {+h} in the all-India ranking list, was impressed by the way Tiruchi Collector Ashish Vachhani transformed Thiruvalarchipatti village in Tiruverumbur taluk within a few months. Lalitha believed that she could do a lot for the people as a bureaucrat and dropped off from the option to pursue higher education abroad inspired by the IAS officer to become a civil servant.

Working as an engineer at Airports Authority of India in Chennai, Lalitha cleared UPSC in 2007 but was ranked 543. She gave up her job at AAI to devote all her time in preparing for civil services.

“There are a lot of government schemes. Implementation is the problem. As a bureaucrat, I will do my best to make a difference to the lives of people,'' she says with confidence.

Wedding gift

An all-India rank 15 has come as a wedding gift for M. Kanagavalli. The 30-year old who works as assistant director at the Rural Development Department in Tiruchi passed with flying colours in her final attempt and fourth interview in the UPSC.

Working in the State Government in various posts at the secretariat, commercial taxes and rural development for the past four years, she has been preparing on her own. The mock interview at the Anna Institute of Management helped her.

“IAS officers PWC Davidar and T. Udayachandran asked me to face the interview as an officer and answer with authentic data. Fortunately, the interview panel asked me questions mainly on rural and social schemes in TN.”

“As I am an officer now, the confidence level is high. I want to join IAS. I will be happy if I get the home cadre. My second option is Karnataka,” says Kanagavalli who is getting married to Thanesh, an industrialist based in Bangalore. She says she owes her success to her sister Jhansi.

Farmer's son

K. Sankar Ganesh has passed the civil services with a national rank of 483 and can now be an IRS officer. He wants to fulfil the dream of his two brothers who dropped out of school after Class VIII.

Born as the fourth child of M. Karuppiah, a farmer and P. Mariammal, an anganwadi worker, Ganesh with a diploma in textile technologyworked in Madurai and Tirupur. While at work, he pursued B.A in Economics through distance education at Madurai Kamaraj University and was ranked first in the university.

Coaching at the All India Civil Services Coaching Centre at Anna Nagar and Ganesh IAS Academy, the 28-year old has cleared the exam in his fifth attempt with economics and Tamil literature as electives. “I will write the exam next year. I want to be an IAS officer,” he says.

As many as 43 candidates trained in Manidhaneyam free IAS coaching centre have cleared UPSC 2009-10. R. Shanmugapriya has secured an all India rank of 36 in her first attempt itself, said a release. Of the 118 students trained by government-run All India Civil Services Coaching Centre at Anna Nagar, 49 have cleared the exam, officials said.

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