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A `distant dream' comes true for him

A. Saravanan

A. Saravanan  

Shastry V. Mallady

Graduate of distance education stream excels in Civil Services examination

A candidate from Tamil Nadu who did his degree course through distance education even while working as a clerk in the Railways has made it big in the All India Civil Services Examinations, 2006 .

It was not a specialised coaching material or intensive classes that took him to the 56th position in the national ranking and second in the State. He relied mostly on the district libraries, magazines and newspapers.

Twenty-six-year-old A. Saravanan of Tirunelveli did his B.Com through Madurai Kamaraj University's distance education stream.

After seven years of service as Commercial Clerk at the Ariyalur railway station in Tiruchi division, he moved to Chennai last December to join as Section Officer in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department office at Nungambakkam. "I joined the Railways in 1999 after finishing my Plus Two. While working at Ariyalur I completed my degree from MKU ," Mr. Saravanan said.

Starting his serious preparation about four years back, he cleared the Civil Services examination in his third attempt choosing Public Administration and Tamil Language and Literature as optional subjects.

He says that success in Civil Services is a `starting step' for his life's ambition and is also a proof that IAS aspirants need not have to go to Delhi for coaching but just depend on libraries and local coaching.

"After the results came out, I went to Tirunelveli and the school where I studied (Little Flower Matriculation Higher Secondary School) felicitated me. I also called on the District Collector." Now, as he waits to know the cadre allotted to him, Mr. Saravanan will have another felicitation function at Madurai by his alma mater, MKU, on June 15.

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