An IAS and An Author : In Conversation with K.Vijayakartikeyan, IAS
In November 2018, I got the opportunity to meet the author of ‘Once Upon An IAS Exam’, author K Vijayakartikeyan.
So I couldn’t resist but write this article for you, to get inspired with such an amazing human, IAS Officer and Author. Here are some of the snippets of the conversation, I had with Dr. Vijayakartikeyan, IAS.
First question from the author of ‘Once Upon An IAS Exam’ had to be
What inspired you to became an IAS officer?
My father was my initial inspiration and motivation to join services. Also the opportunity to serve people motivated and inspired me along the way.
Then why first Doctor and then opting for IAS. How did that happen?
I made my career choice begin with the aim of appearing in the Civil Services Exam. It was an informed choice, that why I opted for Medical Sciences for one of the optional paper.
What does the day in the life of an IAS Officer looks like?
My day begins with work calls around 6 am. So the day begins then I spend my time with my kids and family. After that, I get ready and to be occupied by work. At night, I usually spend an hour either reading books or writing one.
How did your first book and ‘Once upon an IAS exam’ came into existence?
Well, I use to write a blog during my training years in the academy, but due to some reason I shut it down, later I drafted most of the ‘Once Upon An IAS Exam’ in training. and
Where did you get the inspiration to begin’ Once Upon An IAS Exam
Well, ‘Once Upon An IAS Exam’ is inspired by my personal experiences, anecdotes I had while I was preparing for civil services.
What are your interests apart from writing?
Cricket, reading and travelling.
What was your writing process looked like, does the story comes first or the characters, for ‘Once upon an IAS exam’?
I definitely go with the story and then define the characters. The story should relate with the audience and half the job is done!
How do you stay so energetic, positive and motivated amidst all the responsibilities and busy schedules ?
Well, I believe in doing exercise at least thrice a week along with finding an hour or so for me and reading also helps me in staying positive. Also, find a hobby and you will be motivated.
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