Book Review: Once Upon An IAS Exam by K. Vijayakarthikeyan

Book Review: Once Upon An IAS Exam by K. Vijayakarthikeyan

Hi! I hope you are well and having a good time. I just finished reading this book called Once Upon An IAS Exam by K. Vijayakarthikeyan that I received a few days back. So let’s begin with a few details about the book:

Author: K. Vijayakarthikeyan

Format: Paperback

Print Length: 142 pages

Language: English

Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 October 2018)

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Book Blurb: Once Upon An IAS Exam

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 centers.

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?

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Book Review: Once Upon An IAS Exam

I got a review copy from the author and it took me just one sitting to finish it because of the book-length and the fast pace. I loved the book cover which completely relates to the story with a guy and a girl and of course a lot of books, and not to forget that IAS coaching flex posted at the street wall.

The book is about Vishy and his friend circle who are trying to pass the IAS exam which is one of the toughest exams in India. His worst nightmare of failing at the test that gets real and his marriage proposal to Rithika go parallel. But will she accept his proposal and would he be able to go through the IAS exam? (Well, read the book to know more about that.)

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There is a lot of humor and the language is pretty simple. The narration is good, but the writing could have been better and I wish it had more depth to it. Other than that, the plot is quite interesting and engaging. Anyone would enjoy reading this book to the end especially the students and teenagers. The touch of romance is like a cherry on top.

So, I highly recommend this book if you prefer reading books that are not much complex and simple to read. Overall, it has been an okay read for me. I have more expectations from the author when it comes to the detailing and length of the book. I would like to explore more books by the author in the future.

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Yes! I highly recommend this book to the students and the fiction lovers out there. So, please buy a copy and read now.

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