UPSC 2016: Andhra farmer's son secures 3rd place
Gopala Krishna Ronanki, the son of a farmer in the remote village of Parasamba in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, secured the third rank. The pharmacy graduate, who also has an MBA degree, appeared for his Mains and interview in Telugu. He also used to appear for mock interview sessions at Brain Tree India coaching centre in Hyderabad.
The results of Union Public Service Commission exmainations 2016 were announced on May 31. 1099 candidates have been shortlisted. For the third time in a row, a woman, Karnataka's KR Nandini, topped. An Amritsar educator's son and an Andhra farmer's son secured the second and third ranks respectively. 500 candidates from general category, 347 OBC, 163 SC and 89 ST candidates have qualified.
The prestigious Civil Services Examination is conducted in two stages- Preliminary Round and Main Examination consisting of written and interview rounds. More than 11 lakh students appeared for preliminary round this year.
The preliminary exam was conducted on August 7, 2016, which was taken by 4,59,659 candidates; only 2,961 made it to the interviews. Of the 1,099 selected, 180 will be absorbed in the IAS, 45 in the IFS, 150 in the IPS, and the remaining 834 in other group A and B services. 220 others remain in the waiting list.
The topper, KR Nandini from Karnataka, had cleared the exam in 2014 too, but with a rank of 849, could get into the IRS. She wanted to join the IAS instead, so reappeared. Nandini, from the OBC category, is currently undergoing training at Faridabad's National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics. She had taken Kannada literature as her optional subject.
Amritsar had a lot to celebrate: 23-year-old local boy Anmol Sher Singh Bedi, son of an educator, secured the second rank in the UPSC exams 2016. This was the first attempt of the computer engineer, who says he wants to join the Foreign Services. Singh used to study eight hours a day, but admitted there wasn't "any particular strategy."
Kashmir's Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat, who hails from Handwara, came 10th in the fourth attempt, his last. The father of a seven-month-old had earlier cleared the Kashmir Administrative Services and the Indian Forest Services. The 22nd rank was secured by Muzammil Khan, a 28-year-old from Hyderabad, the son of former Hyderabad City police commissioner Abdul Khayyum Khan. This was the BITS Pilani engineer's second attempt.