StoriesS Nagarajan becomes UPSC Topper in his 4th Attempt

S Nagarajan becomes UPSC Topper in his 4th Attempt


S Nagarajan topped the Indian Administrative Service Exam and scored first rank. His childhood dream, single-minded devotion and intelligent hard-work determination and dedication played important role in getting success in the Civil Services and lifting his position to the top.

S Nagarajan says the role of luck in Civil Services is that “bad luck will put people out and without preparation no anybody in”.

When Nagarajan first called his mother to give good news. Her mother said “Thirukural” in Tamil when translated to English it says “A mother is happy when she delivers a son, she is happier when he becomes a Scholar”.

Marks Obtained

Total Marks Marks Obtained
Total (Written) 2000 1109
Interview 300 138
Total 2300 1247 (54.22%)

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Educational Background

Nagarajan completed his schooling from Chinmaya Vidyalaya in Tirunelveli. Nagarajan is an electrical and electronics Engineer and he got graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in Rajasthan. After obtaining a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering in, he started preparing and got concentrated for for the IAS Exams in which he obtained All India 1st Rank.

In his Engineering College days his friends used to call him “Bheem” as he was 6 feet 3 inches tall.


Since Nagarajan’s childhood his father always wanted him to become IAS. His father N Sreenivasan worked as a Divisional Engineer (installation) of BSNL in Tirunelveli. His Mother Vani too worked in BSNL. His Brother Sunderrajan worked as a Chemical Engineer.

Optional Paper

In Nagarajan’s First attempt he opted for Physics and Geography as his optional subject. But later on he left Physics and opted for Geography and Sociology as his optional paper.

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Attempts by S Nagarajan

S Nagarajan cleared this prestigious exam in his 4th attempt. In his first attempt he reached the interview stage. And in the second, he was selected for Railways, where he worked before clearing his UPSC Exam.

Inspiration from the toppers was one of the reasons he started preparing early for Civil Services Exam. The challenging nature of the job opportunities and suffering of people and so their problems also motivated him to become an IAS.

Advice for Aspirants

  • Meet seniors who were in the service before and try to take help from them. People are very generous and share thing and don’t hesitate to take help from them.
  • Read Topper’s Talk.
  • Do rigorous practice and revision during preparation.
  • Read regular newspaper and magazines
  • Give everything you have for the Exam
  • Have confidence in your efforts and your talent. Work hard and success would be yours.


Articles are written and edited by the Syskool Staffs.


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