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For the Ekm boy Siddarth, the fifth time is a charm

For many people, the saying “third time’s the charm” may hold true. P K Siddarth Ramkumar, an Ernakulam native, however, had to wait till his sixth try to fulfill his aim of becoming eligible for an IAS posting—that too in the Kerala cadre. Siddarth placed fourth nationwide after acing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) test.

In 2019, Siddarth was in his last year of graduation when he started his adventure with UPSC. “I failed the preliminary examination,” the architecture graduate claims. It served as an awakening. I started really preparing,” he declares. He qualified for the Post and Telecom Accounts and Finance service by going prepared the second time. “But I was focused on IAS,” Siddarth adds. He persisted. He continues, “I got the IPS on my third try.” Even on his fourth try, he was unable to get the intended outcome. Siddarth, who chose anthropology as his elective for the UPSC test, adds, “I was able to realise my dream finally, in my fifth attempt.”

Another child in the district passed the UPSC test. Devikrishna P passed the exam, making history as the first female cadet from Cusat’s Department of Ship Technology. In order to follow her IAS goal, she had quit a lucrative job with Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Pvt Ltd, which she had secured during campus recruiting. On her second try, the Tripunithura native achieved an all-India rating of 559.

“When I was in school, I never gave being an IAS any attention. I later asked myself, “Why not?” Upon joining L&T, the sensation intensified. I left the job and threw myself into studying for the UPSC, even though it was a difficult choice that took me a year and a half to make,” adds Devikrishna, who also notes that her first try was awful. “It was because I was diving into something unknown without much experience,” adds Devikrishna, who is now preparing to improve her performance in the next year as she also want to become an IAS official.

“IFS, IPS, or revenue services are available to me based on my current rank,” the woman said.

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