His father earned a meagre wage of Rs 4500 to support a family of 6 people. Being the eldest of the 4 children in the family, K. Jayaganesh focussed his entire life in trying to improve the living standards of his family. He was very sharp student, consistently scoring good marks and passing his 12th standard with a 91% score. His interest in studies got him admitted to Thanthai Periyar Government Engineering College in the department of Mechanical Engineering. After pursuing his graduation he bagged a job in a company which reconditioned tools. He was paid a minimum wage of Rs. 2500 which barely made his family’s ends meet!
Soon he started realising the falling standards of education in his village. The children there are devoid of guides who could educate them. He thus thought that several of these problems being faced by rural India can be solved if he became a civil servant. He resigned to his job and started preparing for the IAS examination. His first two attempts to crack the exam with engineering as subject failed. Then he resorted to Sociology which too turned to be futile. He therefore started working as a waiter in Sathyam Cinemas in Bangalore during the free time. His fifth attempt also failed at the interview level.
In the mean time, Jayaganesh has also appeared for the examination to get placed in Intelligence Bureau. The seventh attempt ultimately brought in colours to his life. He cracked both the written and interview sessions and finally received the prestige of an IAS Officer! He was ranked 156th in India in the UPSC examination.
Jayaganesh’s perseverance and zeal to achieve his target despite several failures is indeed a remarkable success story! It narrates again the real life story of the spider who tries to climb up the web despite failures, finally achieving success!