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May 4, 2013
- A. Arun Thamburaj, a doctor-turned-IPS officer, emerged as topper among candidates from Tamil Nadu in the UPSC Civil Services examination 2012.
- Dr. Thamburaj cleared the examination in 2010 and got into the IPS.
- Yet his desire to attain his cherished goal in life—the Indian Administrative Service—has finally given him an opportunity to serve his State as part of the steel frame of the nation.
- Inspiration drawn from his father P. Ashok, a retired Superintendent of Police, was a key factor that strengthened Dr. Thamburaj’s aspiration to “take a brave step forward.”
- He was a school topper at St. Bede’s Santhome and a gold medallist at Madras Medical College.
- Disheartened with his poor score of 197 out of 600 in the Zoology optional paper a few years ago, he fought back to win the race this year.
- “This year’s results reinforce the fact that perseverance and intelligent hard work counts.
- Dr. Thamburaj persistently tried,” said P.S. Ravindran, his mentor and director at the Vajiram & Ravi Institute for IAS Examination.