Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service, has topped the prestigious civil services examination, the result of which was declared on Wednesday by the Union Public Service Commission.  Nandini, 26, is at present undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad. Anmol Sher Singh Bedi is the topper among male candidates securing overall second rank. He is an engineering graduate in computer science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. The top 25 candidates comprise 18 men and 7 women. Nandini said being an IAS officer was always her dream.  “It is like a dream come true. I always wanted to be an IAS officer,” she told PTI.  This was her fourth attempt.  She had got 849th rank in the 2014 civil services exam and was allotted the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise).  Nandini belongs to the Other Backward Class category. Holding a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, her optional subject was Kannada literature. They include 44 physically handicapped candidates (22 orthopedically handicapped; seven visually challenged and 15 hearing impaired).  There are 220 other candidates in the waiting list.  A total of 1,209 vacancies were notified by the government, which were to be filled through the civil services examination 2016.  The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview– to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.  The civil services preliminary examination, 2016 was conducted on August 7, 2016.  As many as 11,35,943 candidates had applied for this examination, out of which 4,59,659 candidates actually appeared.  A total of 15,452 candidates qualified for the mains examination held in December, 2016.  Of these, 2,961 candidates qualified for the personality test or interview conducted in March-May.  Educational qualification-wise, the top 25 candidates comprise candidates belonging to engineering; sciences; economics and forestry background graduating from premier institutions of the country such as IITs, NIT, BITS Pilani, Delhi University, Anna University etc. Optional subjects of the top 25 candidates in the examination ranged from Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Economics, Electronic Engineering, Geography, History, Mathematics, Political Science and International Relations, Public Administration, Psychology and Kannada and Telugu Literature.  Nandini said she wants to contribute to the country’s education sector. Nandini hails from Kolar (known for gold mining) in Karnataka.  “I put in a lot of effort. After getting selected in the IRS in 2014, I had taken the exam again in 2015 but could not crack it. I took the test again and topped it. It is a wonderful experience,” she says. The : 31st. May,17


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