(Success Story) Techies turn bureaucrats : Kartikeya Misra (Rank-40), Sandeep Nanduri(Rank-91) and C Hima Bindu

Success Story : Techies turn bureaucrats : Kartikeya Misra (Rank-40), Sandeep Nanduri(Rank-91) and C Hima Bindu

For a year or so, Kartikeya Misra worked feverishly in the fast-paced New York City for global investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs. His work involved strategic acquisitions, financial reengineering, use of metrics to quantify the results and value addition. This kept him busy most of the time, weekends not excluded.

In January 2008, however, he decided to call it quits to focus his energies on preparing for the Indian civil exams. For his effort, he secured 40th rank at the all India level in this year's UPSC exams. He is now awaiting his IAS posting.

Kartikeya, who did his computer science from BITS Pilani and management degree from IIM-Ahmedabad, says: "A corporate job attains monotony over a period of time. There would be less deliverables, particularly to society." The work only helps in personal or company development but not the poor, he reasons.

Kartikeya, who was part of the team that build the India office of Goldman Sachs at Mumbai, used his stint with the investment banker to achieve financial independence before plunging into public service.

He worked there till January 2008 and returned to Hyderabad to prepare for the civil exams. It took him three months preparation for the prelims and another three months to clear the mains in his first attempt.

Kartikeya is not a lone case. There are a few other rankers who too gave up corporate jobs for civil services.

For instance, Sandeep Nanduri, who secured 91st rank in the UPSC, quit his post at Hewlett Packard towards the end of 2006. He sat for the civil exams the following year and got an IRS posting (income tax assistant commissioner). He used the leave provision and bettered his previous rank in the second attempt.

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Courtesy:- Times of India