UPSC CSE 2022: How Did A Waiter In Chennai Qualify Civil Services? IAS K Jaiganesh's UPSC Struggle 

UPSC Success Story: IAS K Jaiganesh has an unusual story of his UPSC struggle where he, from a small village, landed up working as a waiter in an eatery in Chennai only to qualify Civil Services Exam. Check his story and get inspired today!

Tulika Tandon
Feb 4, 2022, 11:46 IST
IAS K Jaiganesh
IAS K Jaiganesh

UPSC Civil Services preparation is full of struggles for various aspirants who dare to attempt it. Not all succeed because of many external factors like motivation, family crisis or poverty. Many do not have money to give this exam a chance and prepare for that matter. One of such aspirants was K Jaiganesh. This man had all the above-mentioned problems in his life but had one thing that many do not have- The Conviction to succeed!

He succeeded after 6 attempts in becoming an IAS Officer which in itself is commendable. Let us learn what K Jaiganesh's UPSC struggle was. 

IAS K. Jaiganesh's UPSC Success Story:

Jaiganesh was born in a village named Vinavamangalam near Ambur in northern Tamil Nadu. He managed to complete his graduation somehow from Thanthai Periyar Institute of Technology in Vellore.

He is the eldest of his four siblings who had a lot of pressure from the family to earn daily bread. He used to do part-time jobs to make this happen. He graduated in mechanical engineering.

When asked about his struggle thereafter, Jaiganesh told, " I had tried unsuccessfully to appear for the civil services examinations thrice from my village. I realised that I needed to be in Chennai to be able to make it. Therefore, I secured admission at the government-run All-India Institute for IAS Coaching at Anna Nagar. Having come here, I had to take up whatever work I could get to pay my monthly mess bill of Rs 600 and travel."

So, the struggle of Jaiganesh to clear UPSC Civil Services began when he tried to attempt the exam from the village itself. He could not however succeed. Then he decided to shift to Chennai to study from the government's All-India Institute for IAS Coaching at Anna Nagar. This way he could study with the main league of candidates and be in the competition. 

But he lacked the money to stay in the city. So he started working at Satyam Cinemas in Chennai itself. He also told, "But soon, I found myself caught in a 10 am to 8 pm job that did not give me enough time to prepare for the civil services. As a result, in 2004 I failed the main examination. I decided to quit the job and moved from one job to another before landing up as a waiter. Thankfully, at the eatery, I had time to study."

He fought his way up from poverty to secure 156th rank in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam in 2007 after six unsuccessful attempts. 

IAS K Jaiganesh's life is nothing but a benchmark for those who blame external factors for their failures. It is all within you and you can succeed only if you think you can!


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