K Jayaganesh’s journey from waiter to be an IAS – An inspiring tale
‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.’ This is exactly what K Jayaganesh did to realize his dream to be an IAS officer. K Jayaganesh failed six times before clearing IAS in the seventh attempt, which was his last chance. He tried his best and never given up hope. But, this is not the only single reason that makes K Jayaganesh an inspiring personality! To cherish his dream, K Jayaganesh not only devoted seven years of his life, but he even worked as a waiter to accomplish his goal to become an IAS.
K Jayaganesh was born and brought up in a small village called Vinavamangalam in Vellore district. His father Krishnan worked as a supervisor in a leather factory and his mother was a housewife.
I was quite good at studies and always stood first. Coming from a poor family, I had only one ambition in life – to get a job as fast as I could and help my father in running the family. My father got Rs 4,500 as salary and he had to take care of the education of four children and run the family – K Jayaganesh
He joined a polytechnic college after his 10th standard. K Jayaganesh passed out with 91 per cent. After that, he got the chance to get an entry into a government engineering college on merit. So he joined the Thanthai Periyar Government Engineering College and studied mechanical engineering. Within four days of completion of his engineering, Jayaganesh went to Bangalore and there he got his first job with a salary of Rs 2,500. After moving to Bangalore, he got exposed to many new things. He came to know about IAS examination there only. Then he decided to become an IAS officer.
I resigned and went home to prepare for the examination. I never thought resigning was risky because I had the confidence and knew I would do well. My father also supported me wholeheartedly. He had just got a bonus of Rs 6,500 and he gave me that money to buy study material. I sat in my village and studied from the notes I received by post from Chennai.
K Jayaganesh failed first two attempts, since he had no idea how to prepare for the exam. Then he met Uma Surya in Vellore, who was also preparing for the examination. Uma Surya guided him a lot. After failing in the third attempt, Jayaganesh wrote the entrance examination for a government coaching centre, where he was selected. They were given accommodation and training. But free accommodation and food was provided only up to the main examination. So, Jayaganesh decided to look for a part time job so that he gets time to study. That was when he worked as a waiter in a canteen.
Even after failing six times, K Jayaganesh never given up. It was in the seventh attempt, which was his last chance to appear for IAS, K Jayaganesh cleared one of the most toughest examinations in India and secured 156th rank out of more than 700 selected candidates. K Jayaganesh, a passionate man with tremendous self beliefs inspires everyone and teaches us never to give up in life.
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