BENGALURU: K R Nandini, an IRS probationer who hails from Kolar, has made Karnataka proud by bagging the first rank in this year’s UPSC exams.
It is after a gap of 17 years that Karnataka has bagged the first rank in UPSC. This was after Vijayalakshmi Bidari bagged a rank in 2001. Nandini, 26, had cracked UPSC in 2014 and got an Indian Revenue Service posting. Nandini was undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad, when the results were announced on Wednesday.
“It is like a dream come true. I always wanted to be an IAS officer,” said Nandini, who graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology. “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 said. Nandini belongs to the OBC category. Her optional subject was Kannada literature.
Nandini said that she attempted to get a higher score as she wanted to work at the grassroots level. She believes hard work and perseverance can help one reach one’s goals. Her parents, K Ramesh and Vimalamma, both teachers by profession, couldn’t agree more. “While studying in Class 5 itself, Nandini said she would join IAS so that she could become a deputy commissioner,” recalled her father.
Visually impaired lecturer cracks UPSC exam
Bengaluru: Visually challenged Kempahonnaiah is among those from Karnataka to crack the Union Public Services Civil exam. While the Mysuru college lecturer secured rank 340, engineering graduate Sheikh Tanveer Asif from Kalaburagi has secured 25th rank in. Others from the state who have cracked the exam are Naveen Bhat Y (38th rank), Dhyanachandra HM from Shivamogga (47), Nikhil B (107), Ratan B (178) and Pakkiresh Kallappa Badami (269).