Son of daily wager makes it to civil services 2012
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Arun P Mathew, TNN: COIMBATORE: Five students from the region have made it to
the civil services this year.
The standout performer among them is S Suresh Kumar, the son of a daily wager,
who, in his third attempt, secured the 343rd rank. Kumar graduated in BSc plant
biology from PSG college of Arts and Science and did his MA in defence studies
from Madras University.
The 24-year-old, who chose political science and Tamil literature as his
optional papers, started preparing for the UPSC examination while studying for
his post graduation. He took tuitions and worked as a students' reporter with a
local magazine to make his ends meet. "My parents would never let any of us
work. My mother began to sell food to make my ends meet," says Suresh, who is
now pursuing his M Phil at the South Asian University in Delhi.
Suresh's father, M Subburaj, worked as a daily wager at a garment manufacturing
firm. A few months he moved joined a relative's firm as a salesman. Thenmozhi,
his mother, would cook food for college students to supplement Subburaj's
income. Suresh's brother, Sathish Kumar is pursuing graduation in a Coimbatore
For the political science paper and interviews, Suresh took the help of
city-based Higher Studies Centre, which is run jointly by Coimbatore Corporation
and Government Arts College. All the five candidates from the region selected
for the services had got coached at the institute.
Suresh, who expects a posting in IAS or IFS, wants civil service aspirants not
to lose heart with failure. "Hard work never fails. Be persistent in what you
do," he adds.