K. Jayaganesh, A waiter who became an IAS Officer – Inspiring Story

K. Jayaganesh’s story is a perfect example of well known saying ‘Try Try till you succeed.
He failed the Civil Service Examination Six times but never lost his hope. His seventh trial was his last chance and the coin of luck worked this time. He passed with a rank of 156 and got selected for Indian Administrative Service. Jayaganesh belongs to a very poor family in a village from Tamil Nadu. Although he studied to be an Engineer but had to do Odd works, he even worked as a writer sometimes in order to realize his dream of IAS.

Jayaganesh Was Born And Brought up in a small village called Vinavamangalam in Vellore District. His father used to work in a Leather Factory. His father did his studies only up to 10th standard. His mother was a Homemaker. Jayaganesh was eldest in the family and had two younger sisters and a brother. Jayaganesh studied up to 8th in his village school and completed his schooling in a nearby town. He was always good in studies and stood first in class. The only ambition of his life was to get a job as soon as he could and assist his father in running the family.

After finishing his 10th, he joined a polytechnic college as there he was told that as soon as they pass out they will have a job in their hand. He passed with 91% there and got a chance to join Government Engineering College. Then he studied Mechanical Engineering. His father always supported him for his studies. He finished his engineering in 2000 then he went to Banglore in search of a job and got one job without difficulty for Rs.2,500/-. When he was in Banglore he always had a thought of miserable conditions of the people of his village. People in his village were poor and he wanted to help the people of his village.

In order to become an IAS officer he resigned his job and went back to his village to prepare for the examination. His father wholeheartedly supported him by providing money to buy study materials. He was unable to clear Preliminary round in his first two attempts due to lack of knowledge. On the guidance of Uma Surya, he took Sociology as his option but even then he failed. Uma Surya was also preparing for the UPSC examination.

Then he came to know about coaching in Chennai by Government. He then cleared the entrance and got selected in that coaching. There he was given accommodation and was also provided with food while training. He was supposed to vacant the room after the exams were over. He then cleared the preliminary and was too vacant the room, but he decided to stay in Chennai. He then decided to do a part-time job. Eventually, He got a job as Billing Clerk in a Canteen and also happen to serve during the peak hours.
He again Started From The beginning And failed In The Preliminary for the 5th time. He passed the preliminary and Main Exam and failed in the interview on the 6th attempt.

He prepared hard for his last attempt and passed the preliminary and mains examination. His interview was in Delhi. In his interview, he was asked about the link between Politics and Cinema, Kamaraj, Periyar, Tamil as a classical language.
Finally, the result was out and this time with flying colors as he has scored 156th rank out of more than 700 selected candidates. He never lost his faith to realize his dream.

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  1. Diana Naidu says:

    Mr.Jayaganesh’s success is really fabulous and inspiring……my ambition is to become d same…….Surely I vl become an I.A.S officer????……..

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