- She had cleared the 2014 UPSC exam and got Indian Revenue Service
- Mr Nandini is the third woman candidate to have topped the exam in a row
- Anmol Sher Singh Bedi came second, Gopalakrishna Ronanki came third
"I always wanted to be an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer," said a jubilant Nandini KR in her first reaction. For Ms Nandini, this is not just a statement. She had cleared the 2014 edition of the civil services examination. But she didn't get a good rank. She had secured the 849 rank and ended up with the Indian Revenue Service.
But Ms Nandini, who apart from studying spends her time reading literature and playing volleyball, wanted the IAS and kept up at it. Last year, she even joined the training for the revenue service. But she had set her eyes on joining the administrative service and sat for the 2016 examination again, and topped. She is the third woman candidate to have topped the exam in a row. Ira Singhal from Andhra Pradesh had topped the examination in the 2014 exam while Tina Dabi from Delhi had topped the 2015 examination.
Counted amongst the toughest recruitment examination in the country, half-a-million young men and women appear for the examination every year. Only one in 400 of them make it through the examination conducted in three stages - preliminary, main, and interview - over almost a year.
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