IRS official Charusree Thiagarajan had been hoping she would get into the IAS in her second attempt in the civil services examination but she was surprised when she learnt on Saturday that she had been ranked sixth in the list of 1,236 successful candidates.
The engineer in electronics and communications from Anna University was clearly excited when she spoke to Hindustan Times on phone, saying she had worked hard to get into the Indian Administrative Service because it gives a chance to a person to do something for the people and the country.
Last year too, Charusree made the list of successful candidates but her rank was very low. She had to settle for the Indian Revenue Service (customs) and was posted in Dehradun.
The chances are that Charusree could get a cadre of her choice and she said she would prefer her home state of Tamil Nadu.
“I would like to be engaged in policy formulation (or) policy-making positions and be able to bring about changes in the lives of the people, rather than spending time in administrative and implementing activities,” she said.
“Civil services, and in particular the IAS, give a person a chance to be in the thick of things and to be able to be an agent of change,” she said, adding she is keen to work in the education sector to bring about improvement and reforms, particularly in villages.
Asked why few candidates from Tamil Nadu were making it to the civil services, Charusree said a preference for other professions and lack of exposure could be among the reasons for this trend.
Women, especially in Tamil Nadu, possibly prefer cosy jobs in the IT or software sector and do not venture into the “rough and tumble of administrative work”, she said.
More women from Tamil Nadu should write the civil services examination and the “the trick is hard work, smart work and perseverance”, she said.
Charusree hails from the industrial city of Coimbatore, 650 km south of Chennai, and graduated in engineering from Anna University in the state capital.