60 candidates from Tamilnadu ace the UPSC Exams

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60 Candidates from Tamilnadu made it to the final merit list released by Union Public Service Commission. This is much higher than what Tamilnadu managed last year. Seven candidates made it to the top 100 and around 25 may get the coveted IAS & IPS roles.

Ganesh Kumar Baskar is the state topper securing 7th in All India Ranking

Ganesh Kumar Baskar, 27, is the State topper in Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2019. He secured the seventh rank in the country. Hailing from Nagamalai Pudukottai in Madurai, Mr Ganesh, now in Nagercoil, had his schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya in Gurgaon and then in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Madurai. He did his B.Tech from IIT-Kanpur in 2015 and an MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in 2017. He wants to join the Indian Foreign Service

2 visually challenged candidates were among the 60 successful candidates clearing the UPSC Exams

Balanagendran D and Purana Sundari M, two visually challenged candidates from Tamilnadu, were successful in the exams.

Balanagendran said it was his ninth attempt and his family was a pillar of support for him during his preparation. He likes books and is a huge fan of Jayakanthan and Dan Brown.

The lack of eyesight did not make Poorna Sundari, lose track of her dream to pass the UPSC examination, which she did with flying colours in her fourth attempt. She bagged the 286th rank.

22 successful candidates were part of the Tamil Nadu government-run All India Civil Services Coaching Centre

Ishwarya Ramanathan, 23, has secured all India rank 47. “I started preparations for the UPSC Exams after my mother emerged successful in the Group II A examination while I was studying Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering Guindy. My mother got married in her teenage. She started preparing for competitive examinations only after I joined college. My father, R. Ramanathan, is a cashew farmer in Cuddalore district. My mother, who is now 43, prepared for a competitive exam and secured a government job six years ago. During my college days, I got the opportunity to receive free coaching from Manidhaneyam IAS Academy and Aram IAS Academy,” said Ms Ramanathan.

She said IAS officer Gagandeep Singh Bedi was her role model. Her optional subject was Sociology. She dedicated her success to former Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy and author M.Karthikeyan who mentored her.

29 candidates who studied in Manidhanaeyam Free IAS Academy have cleared the exams

Priyanka, 23, has secured all India rank 68. She did her Bio-Medical Engineering in the College of Engineering Guindy. Her optional subject was Political Science. “I missed by 20 marks during my last attempt in the UPSC Exams. But I was determined. My role model is Gagandeep Singh Bedi,” said Ms.Priyanka.

The number of successful candidates from Tamil Nadu has reduced from more than 100 a few years ago to around 50 this year.

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