(Success Story) UPSC Topper 2015 - Harikrishna Mayya
408th rank in UPSC after studying in Kannada medium school, Harikrishna Mayya
stands out as the proud son of Udupi. Born in a farmer’s family in Manooru
village near Kundapur, Harikrishna is the son of Kota Manooru residents M
Madhava Mayya and Lalitha Mayya .
Harikrishna had completed his primary education in Manooru Rama Prasad higher
primary school and high school and college education in Kota Vivek Pre
He had also done his M Sc in psychology at Bengaluru
University in 2009 and has worked in NIMHANS for some time as researcher. He has
passed UPSC after four years of continued attempts and has earned a name in his
land by securing marks.
Daijiworld spoke to Harikrishna to know more about him and his path to
success. Here are the excerpts from an interview with him.
What about your childhood?
I was born in a farmer’s family in Manooru of Udupi district.
My father is a small time farmer. Ours is a medium class family. However there
was a large collection of books in the neighbour's house, Shanbhog. I developed
a habit of reading from there. Their family is well educated and are serving in
good sectors. They were friendly with us. In a way my elder brother too, has
inspired me to participate in extracurricular activities.
What was the reaction of family when the results were out?
I was not at home then. However it was a thrilling moment. I received a phone
call at 4 pm that day. I received messages on WhatsApp congratulating me. I
checked the surname and confirmed the result.
Did you expect a good result?
Hard work is essential than expectation in UPSC examinations.
Speaking of expectations, the experience in it provides us a lesson. I had
written the examination well. I had positive feeling about the results. However,
I did not expect excellent result such as this.
How many times had you attempted?
This is my fourth attempt. I had also appeared for three mains and an