Waiting for results after an exam, especially if it is the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), can be stressful. But, for those who managed to clinch the top five positions in the UPSC examination, the declaration of the results came with a healthy dose of happiness making the months of tension and sacrifice worthwhile.
The UPSC issued statement states that the Commission has recommended a total of 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) for appointment to various services like IAS, IPS, IFS and the allied services.
In this article, we introduce you to the five toppers.
1. Kanishak Kataria
A data scientist working with an organisation in Bengaluru, Kanishak has secured the All India Rank 1 in the UPSC examination. Having done his BTech from IIT Bombay, Kanishak qualified the examination with mathematics as his optional subject.
Speaking to ANI, Kanishak said, “It’s a very surprising moment. I never expected to get the 1st rank. I thank my parents, sister and my girlfriend for the help and moral support. People will expect me to be a good administrator and that’s exactly my intention.”
2. Akshat Jain
23-year-old Jain is a graduate from IIT Guwahati with a degree in Designing. The desire to join the civil services perhaps began long ago on seeing both his parents be a part of the civil service. Jain’s father, D C Jain, is now the Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), New Delhi and mother, Simmi Jain, is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer and posted as ADG of National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) in Jaipur.
In a report published by The Better India, “All this feels a bit surreal, to be honest. While I knew my name would feature somewhere in the list, clinching the 2nd rank is something that I must admit I did not anticipate,” said a jubilant Akshat Jain.
Akshat chose anthropology as his optional because he says the syllabus caught his eye. “I found that this subject had a lot of application in governance and thought that I would enjoy reading and writing this subject,” he said.
3. Junaid Ahmed
A resident of Nagina in Bijnor, Junaid has come a long way since 2014 when he attempted the examination for the first time. This was his fifth attempt, and he bagged the AIR-3. In a report published by the HT, 27-year-old Junaid says, “Last year I cracked the exam with rank 352 and made it as a Revenue Officer. I decided to go for one more attempt to become an IAS officer. The previous experiences helped me a lot.”
Junaid’s father is a lawyer and mother is a housewife. Speaking about the material he used to prepare, he said that he used a few books suggested by seniors. He also gave credit to the internet, which according to him, if used productively, is a great resource.
4. Shreyas Kumat
Shreyas is a resident of Kishangarh near Ajmer, in Rajasthan. Having completed his Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in 2015, this was Shreyas’s first attempt at the civil service examination, and he scored AIR-4.
In a report published by Newsbyte, Shreyas said, “The strategy was to ensure that all the topics are covered in a way that I am able to reproduce during the exam in a concise way.”
Like AIR 2nd rank holder Akshat, Shreyas also chose anthropology as his optional paper.
5. Srusthi Jayant Deshmukh
A chemical engineer from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya in Bhopal, Srusthi has clinched the 5th rank in the UPSC examination. Srusthi will be the first civil servant in her family.
According to a news report, after the results were announced, she said she had faith in herself and that helped her clear the prestigious examination in her first attempt. The daughter of an engineer father and a pre-school teacher mother, Srushti hails from Bhopal. “I think it is the consistency and the faith in yourself that make one achieve all goals,” she said.