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Once Upon An IAS Exam

Once Upon An IAS Exam

Recently I got chance to review ‘Once Upon an IAS Exam’ which was close to my own aspirations and dream. Thanks to Vinfluencers. At first, I was skeptical about the whole idea of this book doing justice to an IAS exam. But yeah, it was changed very soon!

So here is my review of ‘Once Upon an IAS Exam’. Enjoy!


Vishy’s worst nightmare-failing the UPSC’s Civil Services exam-has come true. He is plagued by insecurity, fear and doubts. The mother of all competitive examinations has rejected him and he needs a reason to live. So, what does he do? He tells his best friend Rithika, ‘I love you. Will you marry me?’

In Once Upon an IAS Exam, twenty-five-year-old Vishy tries to overcome the uncertainty and confusion about his future and figure out ways of convincing Rithika to marry him. Things turn even more interesting, funny and emotional as Vishy reattempts to conquer ‘Mount IAS’. As he tries to take his academic and love life towards safety, he seeks refuge in the world of IAS coaching centres.

Set in the bustling Civil Services exam coaching hub of Anna Nagar in Chennai, this book is a hilarious account of the actuality, stress and struggle faced by millions of candidates who prepare year after year for one of India’s toughest exams. Join Vishy as he sets out to prove his mettle to the world-and himself. Will Rithika accept the love of her best friend? Will Vishy overcome his sense of failure? Will there be a happily ever after?

Once Upon An IAS Exam
Once Upon An IAS Exam

Why Should You Read This Book?

It is loosely based on about what a young adult, face when he/she is just starting out in the world. ‘Once Upon an IAS Exam’ talks about Vishy, who is struggling with uncertainty, failure, and self-doubts. The story is so weaved with details that it will help you understand the making of an IAS and problems faced by any UPSC aspirant by large.

Who Should Read This Book?

If you are one of those who has recently developed taste in reading.
‘Once Upon an IAS Exam’ is for you. For the avid reader, I would say it’s easy breezy read with an amazing story. This book is won’t disappoint you.

About The Author

Dr. K Vijayakarthikeyan is a medico turned bureaucrat currently working as a commissioner, Coimbatore Municipal Corporation, and is the youngest ever officer to have held this charge. Also, an author of ‘Once Upon An IAS Exam’.

Read this article here : In conversation with the Dr. K Vijayakarthikeyan

My Rating for ‘Once Upon an IAS Exam’: 4 /5

Favorite Lines

‘Exams are also like cricket- no matter how much a player practices before the match, he still has to deliver on the match day. likewise, no matter how much we study before the exams, we need to have a cool head and perform to our potential on the exam day’

Once Upon An IAS Exam

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8 comments found

  1. Hi, I was searching for some reference material for my UPSC preparation and encountered your page. This is for the first time I am hearing about such a book, but it sounds interesting. I shall definitely read this soon.
    I am pursuing my preparation under the guidance of an IAS academy in Anna Nagar, Chennai.

    1. Hello Nisha,
      Glad you came across my blog through this search. It is amazing read to get through the ups and downs of the IAS Exam, inspired the journey of the author, himself. Good luck with your preparations!
      Bliss and happiness,

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