Success story of KR Nandini, UPSC IAS 2017 Topper: Exclusive interview

Success story of KR Nandini, UPSC IAS 2017 Topper: Exclusive interview


KR Nandini from Karnataka has topped the prestigious civil services exams 2017, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission or UPSC. It was really a dream for anyone….fourth attempt success in IAS exam is not a cake walk at all. Nandini K R is a trainee. She is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service. Presently KR Nandini is undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad. She had cracked UPSC in 2014. She is an OBC candidate. UPSC has published the final results of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017.  Anmol Sher Singh Bedi, who is an engineering graduate in computer science from BITS, Pilani, has got second rank in the results which were declared on Tuesday. G Ronanki  got third rank. Out of the 1099 vacancies for which UPSC conducted the Civil Services Exam (CSE), 102 candidates are recommended in the first rank list. Today we will talk about KR Nandini’s biography/biodata and all details including educational details or qualification, her hobbies, total marks she secured, her past academic records etc in our this blog post today. We will share personal notes of KR Nandini, how she prepared for this prestigious exam, what was her daily schedule etc. We have also an exclusive video of her interview which was taken from a TV anchor of India Today channel. KR Nandini’s life was not full of struggles. She got everything in her life easily whether gold medal in her college time or first rank in UPSC exam. She is holding engineering degree (CIVIL) from the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru. She got everything easily. Her date of birth is 9 November, 1993.

Her optional subject was Kannada Literature. Last time she had secured 849 rank

If we talk about boys:girls success ratio then this year the ratio is approximately >> 18 men : 7 women out of 25 total candidates.

She used to study: In TV interview with India today, she said that she used to study for 8 hours. She also mentioned studying too much for long hours was never her approach. She mentioned that she used to study with small-small break. Come watch her video and smell her happiness in her voice with this exclusive interview video (Youtube).

KR Nandini Biography and Details

Real Name Nandini K R
Profession IRS Officer, still in training
Physical Stats & More
Her Height approximately in centimeters- 163 cm
in meters- 1.63 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 4”
Weight approximately in Kilograms- 53 kg
in Pounds- 117 lbs
Color or eye Black
Color of hair Black
Personal Life
Date of Birth Not Known
Age (as in 2016) Not Known
Birth Place Karnataka, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Not Known
What is her Nationality Indian
Where is her hometown Karnataka, India
Her School Name Not Known
Her College name MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore
Any Educational Qualifications B.Tech (Civil Engineer)
Family Background Father– Not Known
Mother– Not Known
Brother– Not Known
Sister– Not Known
Religion Hinduism
Caste OBC
Hobbies Reading
Boys, Affairs and More
Is she married? Unmarried
Is she having Affairs/Boyfriends? Cannot say
what about his Husband? N/A

KR Nandini’s Educational Background

She is holding engineering degree (CIVIL) from the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru. She got everything easily. Her date of birth is 9 November, 1993.

KR Nandini Marksheet of UPSC 2017 Prelims Exam (Paper 1 + Paper 2)

Residence: KR Nandini and her family lives in Kolar Gold Field,  Karnataka.

A moment of surprise: With exclusive interview with India Express, she uttered in Hindi :- “Jab result aaya main us waqt so rahi thi. I knew they would be out today but there’s usually no particular time. When my phone started buzzing repeatedly, I realised the results had been announced. Since then we have been so busy that I still haven’t had time to actually register what has happened”.

Who forced Nandini to nail the Civil Services Exam: In an interview, she accepted that her parents only made her realize the importance of being a civil servant. Seeing all the requisite qualities of a bureaucrat in her, her parents motivated her to prepare for IAS exam when she was in school only. She had opted for humanities in her plus two, CBSE board.

Her family background: Her mother’s name is Vimala. She is a housewife. Her father Ramesh K V is a Govt school teacher.

Why she opted for __ Cadre? Not declared

What is your secret of success? She uttered a single word : “Patience”. Patience is the key of my success. She added sometimes the time comes when you feel lonely and depressed because this is such a difficult exam and a long process. Other parts of your life become almost non-existent, so patience I think is also key.”

Who is her role model? Her mother. Nandini gives all the  credit for her results to her mother who is honest, humble and down to earth. She is also obliged to Mukul Pathak Sir (Vajiram and Ravi coaching class). He provided her very helpful notes and guidance. She was taking coaching from vajiram and ravi.


KR Nandini total score in UPSC is 1,063 (52.49 %) out of 2,025 marks. Second ranker Anmol Sher Singh Bedi secured 1,018 marks that is 50.27%. G Ronanki secured third rank. He got 1,014 that is 50.07%.

KR Nandini Hand-written Notes In PDF Format (Vision IAS)

GS Paper 1
GS Paper 2
Essay 1
Essay 2

Top twenty in the merit list

  • Rank 01; Roll No. 0256747: KR Nandini
  • Rank 02; Roll No. 0058239: Anmol Sher Singh Bedi
  • Rank 03; Roll No. 0010512: G Ronanki
  • Rank 04; Roll No. 0000123: SAUMYA PANDEY
  • Rank 05; Roll No. 0015876: ABHILASH MISHRA
  • Rank 06; Roll No. 0105343: KOTHAMASU DINESH KUMAR
  • Rank 07; Roll No. 0575838: ANAND VARDHAN
  • Rank 08; Roll No. 0708525: SHWETA CHAUHAN
  • Rank 09; Roll No. 0147086: SUMAN SOURAV MOHANTY
  • Rank 10; Roll No. 0636176: BILAL MOHI UD DIN BHAT
  • Rank 11; Roll No. 0030357: GAIKWAD VISHWANJALI MURLIDHAR
  • Rank 12; Roll No. 0835059: TEJASVI RANA
  • Rank 13; Roll No. 0003413: ATHUL J
  • Rank 14; Roll No. 0891407: UTSAV KAUSHAL
  • Rank 15; Roll No. 0003562: SIDHARTH B
  • Rank 16; Roll No. 0714225: ANUJ MALIK
  • Rank 17; Roll No. 0430914: NAMAMI BANSAL
  • Rank 18; Roll No. 0699076: MANISH GURWANI
  • Rank 19; Roll No. 0236963: SAHIL GUPTA
  • Rank 20; Roll No. 0925445: Rahul Gupta

In a small Hindi audio clip, Nandini is sounding very excited. She is saying how she cracked exam and discussing about strategy to tackle it. You too listen to it.

KR Nandini is a typical Karnatakat girl. She is also a tech-savvy. She loves idli-sambhar and all stuffs that a simple and sober girl loves.  She says:–

“Study all the time is quite a boring thing. I read novels a lot, specially of Jane Austen. Always keep yourself updated with issues happening around you. I am a news maniac ..won’t ask you to become one but start loving and following news..i am sure you will start enjoying it as well.”

When she was asked how you prepared for your optional subject (mains), she answered simply:—

For my optional subject Kannada Literature, I emphasized on making my concepts very clear and re-read the textbooks. If you study one subject and shift to another, you will not feel bored. I read all of these books, different books cater to different portions of the syllabus so I have just enumerated them.

KR Nandini started her preparation when she was in 11th standard. Her mom in fact suggested to choose her own language as an optional subject. Her grooming started in Class 11th and she took science. She was also the topper of her school-time and then completed her B.Tech. She added there was no specific strategy she adopted for prelims and mains. For prelims, though she arts student, she focused more on Paper 2nd (CSAT). She joined mock classes as well she practiced at home. She told NDTV  “It is indeed a proud moment for me,”.

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