The results of the civil services examination conducted for the year 2016 are out, and Nandini KR from Kolar, Karnataka has topped the list. Anmol Sher Singh Bedi and Gopakakrishna Ronanki have secured the second and third rank respectively. Evidently, this is the third year in a row that a woman has topped the exam. Ira Singhal had topped the CSE in 2014 and Tina Dabi had topped the CSE in 2015.

Nandini had written the exam last year as well and had secured the 800th rank. But this year she has made the state proud by becoming the topper. Nandini wants to be an IAS officer. Belonging to the other backward classes, this was Nandini's fourth attempt. Tina Dabi, from the 2015 batch, also belonged to the scheduled castes. 

Nandini, a civil engineering student from the R S Ramaiah Institute of Technology had cleared the exam in her second attempt and was selected for the IRS, but she could not clear the prelims in her first and third attempts.Speaking to the TOI, she said that her preparation was not up to the mark in the initial attempt, also she was diagnosed with dengue ahead of her third attempt in the prelims.

Gushing with happiness, Nandini said, "this is a very happy moment. I was hoping to do well this time, but the top position is a pleasant surprise." Bedi too was surprised by the outcome of the results. Calling himself the male topper, he called it a "miracle" and that he was, in fact, already preparing for CSE 2017.

Written exams were conducted in December and interviews were held between March and May in 2017. Totally 1,099 candidates have made it to the selection for various posts. Apart from Nandini, three female candidates have secured a place in the top 10. Saumya Pandey is in the fourth place, and Shweta Chauhan has secured the seventh place.

These 1,099 candidates will be selected for various posts under Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services.

In the general category 500 candidates, from OBC category 347 and 163 SCs and 89 SCs have made it to the selection. Out of the 1,099 candidates, comprising 846 men and 253 women, UPSC recommended for IAS (180), IPS (150), IFS (45) and other Group A and B central services (834). Of the top 25 successful candidates, 18 are men and seven are women. 44 are physically challenged, 22 orthopaedically challenged, seven visually challenged and 15 hearing impaired.