THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: When the Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) results were declared on Friday, four of the top ranks in three streams were bagged by candidates from the state capital. They, include Nandana S Pillai, who secured the second rank in stream-I, K G Jayakrishnan, second rank winner in stream -II, L Parvathy Chandran, who was placed third in stream-II and Pramod G V, who bagged the third rank in stream-III.
Nandana S Pillai of Thamalam near Poojappura was on cloud nine after realising that she secured the second rank. The 27-year-old’s diligence and unwavering focus on her goal, which were greatly helped by the training provided by civil service coaching centres, reaped rich dividends. A master’s in English literature from Hyderabad University. Nandana decided to try her luck in UPSC and KAS after giving up her ambition to become a professor as she had also cleared the UGC-NET examination. Though she could not clear the Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC, she made it to the KAS.