Success story of S. Harikishore IAS


“Focus, dedication, determination and perseverance are essential for success. Equally important is priority-driven hard work.”

-Hari Kishore. S IAS

Harikishore IAS is an inspiring figure to all UPSC aspirants and IAS officers. He bagged the 14th rank in UPSC Civil service Exam in 2008. Perseverance, focus, commitment, and determination are the essential qualities which helped Harikishore to secure a top rank in the Civil Services Examination 2008. To become an IAS officer was a childhood dream for Harikishore. He shed blood and sweat to accomplish his dream. This was his third attempt. He could not crack the UPSC IAS Prelims Examination in his first two attempts.

Harikishore hails from the state of Kerala. His father was a former Registrar of Kannur University and former Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Payyanur College. His mother was a Malayalam teacher.

After his schooling, he joined B.Tech Mechanical Engineering in Kannur University. He secured first rank in B.Tech from the Kannur Government Engineering College. Later he secured a GE Foundation Scholarship at the IIT, Kanpur. He did M.Tech from IIT Kanpur.

Then he joined as an assistant Professor in Amrita School of Engineering, Kollam to find financial support. After that, he started preparing for the UPSC IAS Examination. He opted for LOP (loss-of-pay leave) to dedicate time for UPSC IAS Exam preparations.

Mechanical engineering was his optional subject for the preliminary examination. For UPSC IAS Mains exam he chose Malayalam literature and Geography. He opted for both as he had an immense love for travelling and reading. There is a decent scope for writing creatively in both these subjects.

He studied on his own with negligible support from coaching institutions. He prepared using the library of the Kerala Civil Service Academy in Thiruvananthapuram. He always preferred self-study and took advice from toppers as well as retired IAS officers to get orientation and exposure about the IAS exam. He joined a five-month crash course at a coaching centre for the preliminary exam and a 20-days class on Malayalam literature for the mains. He also attended mock interviews.

He mainly depended on The Hindu, and magazines like General Knowledge Today, Competition Success Review, Yojana, and Frontline for Current Affairs and other General Studies Papers.

According to him, the most important factors of his success were the financial and mental support from his parents. To crack UPSC IAS Exam, aspirants need a minimum of two years of preparation. The UPSC IAS examination itself is a one-year prolonged process. Lack of support, orientation, and appropriate guidance often depress aspirants during UPSC preparation in which chance of success is very less. Less Stress More Success!

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