IAS Academy in Bangalore
Mr. Rangarajan, a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant, decided to test his mettle further by taking up the challenge of Civil Service Exam, and cleared it in the very first attempt, securingAll India Rank of 46, and becoming an IAS Officer of 2005 Batch. Thefact that he was working with a Private Bank at that timedebunks the myth that one can’t succeed in this exam while working. He is associated with Officers IAS Academy, Chennai, as Associate Director and teaches there full time.
1.What are the unique propositions of civil service as a career that can attract professionals into the service?
The civil services offer a wide gamut of experience which is unparalleled in any other career. It continues to attract a lot of professionals, especially Doctors and Engineers besides Chartered Accountants, lawyers and other professionals. There is no doubt that the services of a professional doctor to the society is immense. But the civil service can help the same doctor shape bigger health policies as part of their career. Similarly all professionals will be able to contribute on a larger scale and canvas as part of the civil service fraternity . It is no surprise then that I see a good mixture of professionals including Doctors, studying in Officers IAS Academy.
2.What are the challenges you faced as a working professional&Whatwould be your advice to working professionals appearing for this exam?
There is no doubt that the civil service exam is one of the most challenging exams in the country. As I tell my students at Officers IAS Academy that every aspirant can create a good chance of getting selected on the basis of meticulous preparation. I decided to take up the civil service exam while working. I used to ensure that I atleast prepare for 1-2 hours during the weekdays and utilize the entire weekends for preparation. I would advise all working professionals to make a time table for preparation with weekly targets of portions to be covered.
3.Finally, how has been your experience as a teacher?
I joined the civil services switching from a corporate career with an intention to be part of public service. However, due to personal reasons, I had to relocate to Chennai few years back. Ever since then, I have had this urge to get back into the domain of civil service in a meaningful way. It was at this juncture that I got an opportunity to be associated with Officers IAS Academy and fulfill my desire to be associated in the domain of civil service. My parents have also been very supportive and inspired me to take up this noble profession of training students.The fact that I am able to provide crucial inputs to students gives me much satisfaction. For example I realized writing practice is key to success in Mains and we ensure this by conducting daily & weekly tests. I observe that the quality and enthusiasm of the aspirants has been on the upward trajectory in the current times. They show an extra ordinary sense of enthusiasm and commitment towards learning and one can feel their burning desire to get into the civil services. They don’t hesitate to clear their doubts on a real-time basis even after class hours on mails and networking tools like Whatsapp. It’s a pleasure training these young minds along with an extremely committed faculty and a professional atmosphere at Officers IAS academy. It gives me the satisfaction of producing able civil servants who will do our country proud with their dedicated service.