‘I once sold lottery tickets’ : V Nandakumar, IRS officer
Young, suave, articulate and studious are the words that best describe V
Nandakumar, an IRS officer.
Nandakumar, who is now an assistant director, investigation department, in the
income tax office at Nungambakam, has become a role model for the city’s IAS
aspirants, who usually throng his office for advice.
The childhood of this 2004-batch IRS officer was not a bed of roses. He was a
school dropout. “I once sold lottery tickets, worked in mechanic shops, as well
as television and radio repair centres. Initially I enjoyed the routine as there
was no homework and I did not get scolded by teachers. But later, my friends’
parents did not allow me to mingle with them. That was the turning point,” he
After battling dyslexia, Nandakumar secured 52 per cent in his 12th standard
examinations. He knocked the doors of many colleges but was denied admission.
Finally, he got admission to the English literature course at the Dr Ambedkar
Arts and Science College.
“I was an average student and it was difficult to follow English but I worked
hard and I was the only one who passed out of college with distinction in
English literature,” he recalls. In 1997, Nandakumar started preparing for the
UPSC examination. With sheer determination, he cracked this tough examination
and now holds a prestigious post.