Cracking the three-stage CSE isn't easy and many spend years preparing to clear it. However, there are some candidates who, despite failing in school/college or dropping out, overcame difficulties to become IAS and IPS officers.
This IAS officer dropped out of school in Class 12
K Elambahavath is a 2016-batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre.
He had to drop out of school in Class-12 due to financial constraints after his father's death. Despite several challenges and difficulties, he achieved his dream of becoming an IAS officer after 19 years when he cracked the CSE-2015, securing AIR-117.
He is currently the Sub-Collector of Ranipet in Tamil Nadu's Vellore.