again the State is contributing a good number of people to the civil services
although no clear number emerged on Wednesday night. However, one thing is clear
though - the seventh rank holder Karthick Gurunathan Iyer is a city boy and is
celebrating the night away. "It still has not sunk in and yes, the phone is
ringing off the hook. Somewhere, I understand it is only the beginning," he
After completing his BSc in Physics from Fergusson College,
Pune, Karthick, even as he was acquiring multiple degrees, had a single goal: to
join the airforce. "In spite of topping the exams, I did not clear the medical
examinations. It was only then I turned towards the Civil Services. Once I had
decided this is what I want, there was a lot a of hard work," he said.
His mother is working with the BSNL while his father retired
from Maharashtra State Textile Corporation. While government service is not new
to the family, this IFS aspirant is planning to charter new territories.
'A friend nudged me out of inertia'
Another aspirant who completed a full circle on seeing his
101 rank is Sharath B. Clearing it in his second attempt, this assistant
commissioner of commercial taxes in Mysore decided to join the Civil Services
after his wedding. "Finding time between a regular job and a fiveyearold
daughter Samikshaa was the toughest challenge," he said.