682 17-May-2017, Wed
In the year 2012, Gopala Sundara Raj and R.V. Karnan secured the 5th and the 158th ranks respectively in the Civil Services Exam results. Raj comes from Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu and R.V. Karnan hails from Karaikudi city of Sivaganga district of the same state.
Raj’s parents, who couldn’t study beyond primary school in their childhood, always wanted to put him in English medium background of school but had to drop the idea just because of bad financial conditions. However, they could not believe it when their son cleared IAS despite not having studied in a sophisticated environment, proving that poverty can never be an obstruction in the way of success if you are dedicated to your dreams.
R.V. Karnan, who was the national topper in the IFS examination in the year 2007, is one of a few civil services aspirants who believed and proved that coaching centers and medium of instruction are not compulsory to clear these top exams. His father works as a librarian at a college and mother is a sub-registrar in their home town. Karnan always gave more weight coaching.