Bengaluru: Kanishak Kataria has topped the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam in his first attempt. This UPSC exam topper has what city folk would call a Bengaluru connection.

Kataria was employed as a data scientist with Qplum, a software lab located in Bengaluru.

Apart from Kanishak there were other successful candidates who passed UPSC exams and have a connection with the city.

25-year-old Lakshmi N, an information science engineering graduate from BMS College, secured 45th rank in the UPSC exam in her third attempt.

Rahul S Sankanur has secured 17th rank in the UPSC exams and has completed his BE in electronics and communications from RV College of Engineering in the city. Rahul is the relative of BJP MLC SV Sankanur.

Dr Akash Shankar secured 78th rank. He served in the Pre-University Education department in Karnataka and had passed the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) exam earlier. He is an alumnus of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

The topper Kanishak had also secured the first rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) under the Scheduled Caste category in 2010. He completed computer science engineering from IIT, Bombay. He completed his internship at Microsoft in India and worked in a South Korea-based company before joining the Bengaluru-based software company Qplum. He quit his job in 2017.

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A total of 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) have been recommended by the Commission for appointment to various services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc.

Out of 759 candidates, 23 from Karnataka have successfully cracked the exam. The preliminary examination was held in June 2018. Around 5 lakh candidates attempted the exam and only 10, 468 made it to the Mains. The Mains exam was held in September and October, last year.