Nursing her way to Bureaucracy: Annies Kanmani Joy

Kerala nurse IAS 295A nurse from Kerala, Annies Kanmani Joy hogged the limelight for creating a landmark in the All India Civil Service Examination. She is the first nurse to qualify for the Indian administrative service, grabbing the 65th rank in 2011. In her last attempt in 2010, she was selected for Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS), but her sheer determination improved her ranking to make it to IAS.
Annies hails from a middle-class agrarian family of Pampakuda in Ernakulam district. Her father is a farmer and mother is a home maker. Annies did her BSc (Nursing) from the Trivandrum Medical College, and till a few years ago she even did not know that any graduate could take UPSC examinations.  She considers her cousin and a stranger whom she met during a train journey responsible for putting her on the right track of Civil Services Examinations. The stranger dispelled her notion on the eligibility for Civil Service Examinations and made her realise that any graduate from a recognised university can try their hand at Civil Services examinations.
Annies took Malayalam Literature and Psychology as her optional subjects for the Civil Service exam. For overall coaching she joined Kerala Civil Service Academy in Thiruvanathaparuam and her studies on Malayalam literature at St.Thomas College Palai aided her in IAS preparation. Annies then flew to Delhi for the last part of her preparations.
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