From Teacher to Collector: Civil Services 2016 All India 3rd Ranker Ronanki Gopalakrishna Exclusive Interview

Son of a farmer from a remote village in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, Ronanki Gopalakrishna secured All-India third rank in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services 2016 Examination. A teacher in a primary school for the last 11 years, Gopalakrishna faced UPSC Interview Board with the help of the Telugu interpreter and fulfilled his dream of becoming an IAS Officer.
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Family Background
I am from Parasamba village of Palasa block in Srikakulam district and my parents, Ronanki Appa Rao and Rukmini had 50 scents of agricultural land and my parents are often out in the fields to sustain the family.

Primary Education in a Govt School
We did not even have electricity at home or enough money to send me to a private school. I managed to somehow get admitted to a government school and complete intermediate course with maths, physics and chemistry at the Government Junior College, Palasa.

Worked as a Teacher for Livelihood
I did a two-year teachers training course at Dubacharla in West Godavari district and was selected as a government teacher in 2006. Getting a job was my priority as I had to earn my own livelihood.

As a secondary grade school teacher, I appeared for graduation privately from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, and completed his B Sc (MPC).

My Dream of IAS
My dream was to make it to the IAS. I was earlier short-listed for Andhra Pradesh Public Services Commission Group-I interviews in 2011 and since then I has been preparing for the Civils in Hyderabad. I cleared the recent Group-I and Group-II preliminary examinations.

I gave my first attempt for Civil Service Prelims in 2012 and consecutive two more attempts, but I couldn’t get success. I did not lose my hope and finally, I could achieve my goal in my fourth attempt.

Telugu Optional
As I had done schooling and intermediate course in the Telugu medium, I chose Telugu literature as the optional in the Main Exam.

Faced Interview through Interpreter
I was allowed by UPSC to appear for the personality test in Telugu. With the help of the Telugu interpreter, I could face the interview boldly.

My Inspiration
My parents were not aware of my dream of becoming an IAS. All that my parents knew was that I was a teacher. The hard work of my parents inspired me achieve this success.

My teacher Ms Bala Latha who also secured the 167th rank in the Civil Services exam and heads the training institute where I studied, guided me throughout my endeavor.

My Preparation
I did not take any formal coaching but consulted some good faculty like Ms. Bala Latha for their advice during my preparation. The only thing I did was a consistent and planed preparation without taking any breaks in studies. For the written part, I prepared on my own but attended Mock Interviews at RC Reddy Study Circle and Brain Tree for Personality Test.

Focus on the goal
I am the best example for any aspirant who doubts that he or she is from a rural background and studied in Telugu Medium and thinks that it is extremely difficult to crack the Civil Service exam. From whichever background you are, you need to steadily focus on the goal and work hard towards achieving that goal.
Published on 6/2/2017 1:43:00 PM
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