CHENNAI: No longer do engineering aspirants choose the course by giving into the lure of high paying jobs that lay await at the end of the line. If the toppers of TNEA 2015 are to be believed, engineering courses are the new routes to realising their civil service aspirations.
Keerthibalan, the Coimbatore boy who chose Mechanical Engineering at CEG, said that the primary reason behind him choosing the college was that he could avail more opportunities to pursue his IAS ambition. “There are many IAS coaching centres in Chennai. I could also prepare for GATE exams should I choose to pursue a masters’ degree,” he said.
C Giritharan, the second topper from Avinashi in Tirupur, said that he chose Mechanical stream because by landing a job via campus recruitment he could use the salary he would earn to fund his IAS preparations.
S E Vigneshwaran, the third topper and J Karthick Raja, the fourth topper, said that they dreamt of one day becoming IAS officers.