Women faring very well at the Civil Services; a woman bags the top spot for the third year in a row
1 June, 2017: Nandini K R, IRS officer from Karnataka, has bagged the top spot in the Civil Services Exam 2016. For the third time in three years a woman has claimed a top spot in the Civil Services Exam with Ira Singhal being the topper in 2014 and Tina Dabi in 2015.
Nandini K R claimed the top spot in her fourth attempt at CSE.
Anmol Sher Singh Bedi from Amritsar and Gopalakrishna Ronanki claimed the second and third spot respectively.
Nandini spoke to a leading newspaper, TOI, "This is a very happy moment. I was hoping to do well this time, but the top position is a pleasant surprise."
Anmol Sher Singh Bedi, who came in second said that it was a 'miracle' and in fact he is all geared up for CSE 2017.
The CSE 2016 results were announced on Wednesday, 31st May, 2017. According to the final results 1,099 candidates, 846 men and 253 women, were suggested by UPSC for IAS (180), IPS (150), IFS (45) and 834 others for Group A and B central services.
18 men and 7 women make up the list of top 25 successful candidates. There are 44 physically challenged candidates out of which 22 are orthopaedically challenged, 7 are visually challenged and 15 are hearing impaired.
Nandini who is a civil engineering graduate from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, passed the exam in her 2nd attempt and was picked up for IRS as well however she could not get past the prelims in her 1st and 3rd attempts. She spoke to TOI and said that 'her preparation was not up to the mark in the initial attempt, her efforts to get a rank that will upgrade her to IAS came a cropper when she was diagnosed with dengue ahead of her third attempt in the prelims.'
Nandini who did her schooling from Kolar (famous for gold mines) is the daughter of a Government school teacher. On her studying tactics she said that it was all about time management since she got only two hours in the morning and four hours in the evening for studies.
Bedi who holds the second rank will join the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) which was his first preference all along. He is a computer science graduate from BITS, Pilani and the CSE 2016 was his first attempt at IAS.
Bedi spoke to TOI and said, "I am interested in international relations and was focused on IFS. I feel India will have an important role to play in world affairs by 2030. Diplomats will be at the helm of this change." His father who is an academician was really happy for his son and said, "God has been kind to my son who put in a lot of effort."