(Success Story) UPSC Topper 2015, BALANAGENDRAN D (AIR-923)
the age of seven he decided that he wanted to become an Indian Administrative
Services officer, come what may.
For twenty-seven-year-old Bala Nagendran from Chennai, beating the odds is a
way of life. At the age of seven he decided that he wanted to become an Indian
Administrative Services officer, come what may.
Born 100 per cent visually impaired, Bala Nagendran has realized his
childhood dream by not only cracking the UPSC exams but also securing the 923rd
rank in the all-India level.
“I would never accept whenever someone refers to me being
blind as a challenge. Personally, I consider it a powerful tool. It has made me
realise the importance of having inner-vision. My visual impairment has helped
me get to know people better,” explains Nagendran, to The News Minute.
The challenge, however, he says was the negligible amount of
Braille books available for the UPSC aspirants in the market. “I had to
personally get the books converted to the Braille form. It not only took much of
my time, but was also quite expensive. I had to spend almost six times the cost
of the regular books available in the market,” he says, adding that being
technologically versatile helped him a lot in the preparation. Not only would he
use Google for preparation, he also depended on the ebooks which made his
preparation process easier.
After the previous four failed attempts in clearing the
examination, Nagendran says that he “had the confidence but lacked competence.”
He pushed himself over the last one year and did not let the tag of being an
“underdog” hamper his confidence.
Armed with a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Loyala College
in Chennai, Nagendran is also an alumnus of the Ramakrishna Mission School in
T.Nagar. Education, he says, is the most important aspect of one’s life. “To
eradicate poverty, unemployment, and all the other social plagues, quality
education is the only solution. I would definitely want to work in this
department and bring inclusiveness in education,” Nagendran declares.
Courtesy: The News Minute