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Thiruvananthapuram: When the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) results were declared on Friday, candidates from the state capital secured four of the top ranks in three streams. These include Nandana S Pillai, who secured second rank in Stream-I, KG Jayakrishnan, winner of second rank in Stream-II, L Parvathy Chandran, who secured third rank in Stream-II and Pramod GV, who secured third rank. Section-III.
Nandana S Pillai of Thamalam near Poojapura was ranked ninth after realizing that she had secured the second rank. The 27-year-old’s hard work and unwavering focus on her goal, which was greatly helped by the training provided by the Civil Services Coaching Centers, has paid off rich dividends. Masters in English Literature from University of Hyderabad. Nandana decided to try her luck in UPSC and KAS after giving up her ambition of becoming a professor as she also cleared the UGC-NET exam. Though she could not clear the civil services exam conducted by UPSC, she made it to KAS.
“I took coaching in various academies here. Apart from this, I focused on self study. Unlike UPSC, KAS had three theory papers. Hence there was a need for extensive learning. During the interview I was asked about current affairs. The interview was quite tough as there were some analytical questions. However, I managed to answer them all,” she said.
Nandana is the youngest daughter of S Murugan and R Sasikala. Murugan is a retired bank employee while Sasikala is a retired government employee. He has an elder sister Sumita S Pillai and brother Anoop S, both of whom are SBI officers. KG Jayakrishnan, 36, who secured second rank in Section-II, is a senior grade assistant in the finance department at the Secretariat. The Karakulam native’s dream of becoming an IAS officer inspired him to attempt the KAS exam.
“For the last two years, I have been preparing for various competitive exams. So, when the notification for KAS exam was released, I applied as there were provisions for government employees. Later, while preparing for Preliminary and Main exams, I realized that the exam pattern is different from UPSC. It has a broad curriculum,” he said. Youngest son of J Krishnan Nair and K Geetakumari. His wife is JS Indu.
This is his 13th appointment to government service for Pramod GV, Section Officer of the General Administration Department of Udayanakulangara’s Secretariat. The 41-year-old secured 3rd rank in Stream-III for Gazetted Officers. His first appointment in the state government service was as a police constable in 2003, followed by an LD clerk in the Motor Vehicles Department in 2004. In 2006, he got an appointment as Secretariat Assistant.
“I have cleared many competitive exams. Although I got three appointments in the central government service, I decided to stay in Kerala. It is my dream to become an IAS officer. But I could not clear UPSC exam. Now, I can realize my cherished dream through KAS,” he said. His wife Nitya Chandran is an assistant engineer in the works department. L Parvathy Chandran of Vattiyoorkavu, who secured 3rd rank in Stream-II, is a Senior Grade Assistant of the General Administration Department.
- Nandana S Pillai, who has secured second rank in Stream-I, is a Master in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad. Nandan
- KG Jayakrishnan, 36, who secured second rank in Section-II, is a senior grade assistant in the finance department at the Secretariat.
- L Parvathy Chandran of Vattiyoorkavu, who secured 3rd rank in Stream-II, is a Senior Grade Assistant of the General Administration Department.
- Pramod GV, Section Officer of the General Administration Department of the Secretariat secured the third rank for Gazetted Officers.
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