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UPSC Topper Nandini KR Is an Epitome of the Never-Say-Die Attitude!

Daughter of a government school teacher, Nandini, interestingly, cracked the exam with Kannada Literature as her optional subject.

The UPSC results for 2016 are out and for the third time in a row, the topper’s seat has been bagged by a woman candidate.

Nandini KR, a 26-year-old from a tiny village in Karnataka’s Kolar district achieved the feat in her fourth attempt.

Nandini KR, currently an IRS probationer. Source: Facebook

“This is a very happy moment. I was hoping to do well this time, but the top position is a pleasant surprise,” Nandini told TOI.

A civil engineer from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, Nandini had already passed the 2014 leg of UPSC and has been working in the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) department and currently undergoing probation at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad.

Though Nandini had made it in her second attempt, she could not clear the prelims in her first and third attempts. And it definitely wasn’t an easy journey.


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While Nandhini mentions that her preparation for the initial attempt was not well premeditated, her efforts to get a rank with the hopes of upgrading to the administrative services met with a dead end when she fell ill with dengue ahead of her third attempt in the prelims.

The daughter of a government school teacher, Nandini has cracked the exam with Kannada Literature as her optional subject, which should be a boost to most UPSC aspirants who have their base in regional languages.

The determination with which Nandini persisted to reach her dream is an example that one should never give up.

“It’s like a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to be an IAS officer,” she said.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.