Mulagani Uday Krishna Reddy
Mulagani Uday Krishna Reddy

From constable to civil servant, an inspiring journey of Uday

Uday made the difficult decision to resign in 2019 after his circle inspector insulted him in front of nearly 60 constables.

VIJAYAWADA: Mulagani Uday Krishna Reddy, hailing from Ullapalem village of Singarayakonda mandal in Prakasam district, has set an example to the IAS aspirants that one should not allow a personal tragedy to come in the way of dreaming big and achieving it.

He faced adversity early in life, having lost his parents at a young age. Raised by his grandmother, Uday went to Zilla Parishad school and then government colleges. He became a police constable but he left the job when his superiors humiliated him in the presence of his colleagues. Uday made the difficult decision to resign in 2019 after his circle inspector insulted him in front of nearly 60 constables.

Determined to pursue his aspirations, he shifted his focus to civil services. In the recently announced UPSC 2024 civil services results, he made it big. His resilience and dedication kept him ahead of others. He secured an All India rank of 780. His journey from humble beginnings to achieving success in the highly competitive civil services exam serves as an inspiration to many.

Uday lost his mother Jayamma when he was four-and-a-half-years-old and his father Srinivasula Reddy when he was 15-years-old. He was raised by his grandmother Ramanamma, a daily labourer. Uday completed his schooling in Ullapalem village and his high schooling in ZP school. He pursued an Intermediate vocational course in the Lab Technician branch and completed his BA at Jawahar Bharathi Degree College. Now, he is pursuing his MA Political Science through distance education. 

His optional subject in the UPSC exam was Political Science and International Relations. He devoted eight to 10 hours per day for his studies. He trained at Sarath Chandra IAS Academy for mains and interview.

He worked part-time as a lab technician at a private diabetic centre during his Intermediate studies and was selected for the constable post in 2012. He joined duty in October 2013 at Gudluru, situated previously in Prakasam district and now in Nellore after reorganisation, later worked at the Marine police station.

Speaking to TNIE, Uday shared, “Once our circle inspector insulted me in front of nearly 60 colleagues bearing a personal grudge. He ordered an extra drill for more than an hour as disciplinary action. It hurt me a lot, and I quit the job in August 2018.”

Despite challenges, he pursued his dream of cracking the civil services exam. With the support of the then SP of Prakasam district Siddharth Kaushal, he overcame hurdles and succeeded.

He was lucky to have financial and emotional support from his brother Pranay Krishna Reddy, maternal uncle Koti Reddy, and friends Yogi, Siva Kumar, Sarath Chandra, Sunil, and Rajesh.

Mulagani Uday Krishna Reddy
Mulagani Uday Krishna Reddy Photo I Express

After failed attempts in 2019, 2021, and 2022, he finally fulfilled his dream in 2023. He expressed satisfaction with the rank he achieved and shared his desire to serve the underprivileged and work for animal welfare through government-supported initiatives.

He emphasised the importance of discipline, determination, and excellence with courage for aspiring UPSC candidates.

Uday aims to establish a 109 (like 108) service and rehabilitation centre for roadside animals and conduct Praja Darbars to remain accessible to the people. He is determined to fight against drug abuse to safeguard the future generations.

Wants to introduce 109 service for stray animals

He emphasised the importance of discipline and excellence with courage for aspiring UPSC candidates. Uday Krishna Reddy emphasised the importance of discipline, determination, and excellence with courage for aspiring UPSC candidates. Uday aims to set up a 109 (like 108) service and rehabilitation centre for roadside animals and conduct Praja Darbars to remain accessible to the people. He is determined to fight against drug abuse to safeguard the future generations.

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