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Born in Chinnagollapalem, a remote island village in Krishna district on Andhra coast, Mutyala Raju comes from a marginal farmer's family. His two elder brothers are also into farming. Incidentally, it was Raju's third attempt in the UPSC examination. In his previous attempt in 2005, he secured 223rd rank and was allotted to Rajasthan cadre of the Indian Police Service. He is currently undergoing training at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai National Police Academy in Hyderabad. "I come from a family of farmers. Getting proper education and medical facilities was difficult in Chinnagollapalem as it is cut off by Godavari and Krishna rivers," Raju recalls but he has excelled all through his academic career, overcoming all hurdles.He studied at Zilla Parishad
High School near his village. Being the state topper in Common Entrance Eexamination for Polytechnic, Raju pursued his studies at Mullapudi Mem orial Polytechnic College in Tanuku (West Godavari district) and specialized in electrical and electronics engineering. He secured first rank in Engineering Common Entrance Test in 1998 to com e into mainline engineering, He appeared for GATE in 2002 and secured all-India third rank. He completed B-Tech from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and pursued ME from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in Signal Engineering. He also secured first rank in Indian Engineering Services 2003 and was posted as a railway engineer. For this third attempt in the Civil Services exam, Raju took coaching at R C Reddy Coaching Centre in the city. He took electrical engineering and mathematics as optionals to try for the IAS and came on top.
"I joined the NPA after I appeared for the Civil Services exam again. I expected a rank within the top 10. I am so elated. I did not expect the top rank," he said after coming to know of UPSC results on Monday evening. He said that he would attend the training at NPA as usual. Murthy said he had expected his son to be among the top 100 but Raju exceeded everyone's expectations by securing the top rank. "We are proud of him," Chintamani, Raju's mother, said. It was festive time at Raju’s home in the island village Chinnagollapalem from 4 pm when the news broke that he topped the list. Taking a break from the celebrations spree, Raju’s father R Narasimha Murthy told that the entire village was singing paeans to Raju’s hard work. ‘‘He always read GK books,’’ his father recollected adding that he expected a rank in the top 100. Raju’s mother Chintamani and uncles Vysaiah and Venkanna were leading celebrations. ‘‘We have been calling all our relatives to share the news,’’ said Murthy, who looks after his four-acre land in his village. This is not the first time that Raju earned accolades from his relatives and others in the village. Raju could not be contacted. Being the state topper in polytechnic entrance, Raju pursued his polytechnic at Mullapudi Memorial Polytechnic and specialized in electrical and electronics. A rem ote village celebrates its son’s tryst w ith glory So what if Chinagollapalem looks like a village caught in a time warp, it produced an IAS topper. And this island village sans roads and hospital is celebrating.
Revu Mutyala Raju, who topped this year’s IAS examination, is from this predominantly fishermen’s village. On hearing about the news of Raju’s rare achievement, the villagers came out of their houses, distributed sweets and burst crackers. Mutyala Raju’s father Narasimha Murthy is overjoyed. Reaching Chinagollapalem is an arduous task even on normal days. From Vijayawada, one has to travel for three hours and then take a boat ride up to Lakshmipuram Pallepalem in Krittivennu mandal. The village is hemmed by Upputeru, a brackish water channel leading from Kolleru into the sea on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. A bridge across Upputeru to connect the mainland has been the long-felt need of the villagers. ‘‘This is a moment of great happiness. The whole village is celebrating,’’ said an excited Myla Veerraju, a neighbour of Mutyala Raju. There is greater joy as Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy has invited the parents of Mutyala Raju to Hyderabad. They are leaving Chinagollapalem on Tuesday night to reach Hyderabad. ‘‘Mutyala Raju is God’s gift to our village. I hope there will be development in our village now,’’ said village motor mechanic Pallamanda Satyanarayana. Mutyala Raju’s uncle Revu Krishnarjuna Rao is so overjoyed that he has no words to express himself. Revu Vissaiah, another uncle of Mutyala Raju, too is overjoyed. ‘‘It is a matter of pride for us that our lad is the IAS topper. A boy from the fisher folk community in a backward island has done the whole State proud,’’ he said.