Meet the UPSC toppers: An Assistant Tax Commissioner and a mother to a four-year-old

Hyderabad: For UPSC first-rank holder Durishetty Anudeep, who works as Assistant Commissioner (Customs and Indirect Taxes), topping the Civil Services exam was a dream. Anudeep (2013 IRS batch) started preparing for Union Public Service Commission examination in 2012 and topped the exams in his fifth attempt.

Elated over securing top rank, Anudeep expressed, “It’s exciting. It is my last attempt for the Civil Services and I had studied hard to realise my goal of making it to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)”.  Anudeep has opted for Telangana cadre to “serve his native state”.

Durishetty Anudeep, first rank holder

The 28-year-old is an engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani, and qualified the examination with anthropology as his option subject. He also opted for Telugu language in the Civil Services examination and has worked as a product quality analyst with Google before joining the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).

During his training in the IRS, he stood first in the batch in weapons training programme held at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA), Hyderabad.

Anudeep, a native of Metpally in Jagityal district, hails from a well educated family. His father Manohar is working as Assistant Divisional Engineer in the Northern Power Distribution Company Limited in Telangana.

Second-rank holder Anu Kumari prefers IAS over IFS. Mother to a four-year-old, this was Anu’s second attempt at clearing the examination. She has a degree in Physics from Hindu College and an MBA degree from IMT Nagpur.

Anu feels passionate about issues related to women and children and wishes to work in that field once she is posted.

Anu Kumari, second rank holder

While on one hand, every city and township in India is mushrooming up with innumerable coaching centres, Anudeep and Anu never stepped foot into a coaching centre breaking stereotype about the need for expensive coaching centres to crack the exam.

Over 9.5 lakh candidates applied for the UPSC preliminary examination in 2017. Of these, 4, 56, 625 candidates appeared.

While 13,366 candidates qualified for the Written (Main) Examination which was held in October-November last year, only 2,568 candidates made it for the Personality Test conducted in February-April 2018.

The UPSC then recommended a total of 990 candidates, including 750 men and 240 women for appointment to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS). .

Some other candidates who made it to the top slots from the state were Srisailam Sai ( 43rd rank), Narapureddy Mourya (100th rank), G Madhuri ( 144th rank), Vivek Johnson (195th rank), Sari Praneet (196th rank) and Yadavali Akshaya Kumar (624).