UPSC 2016: Interview of Topper Nandini KR, Rank 1

Name: Nandini KR

Rank: 1

State: Karnataka

Caste Category – OBC

Education – Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)

College- M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru,

Optional Subject – Kannada literature

Book Preferred: NCERT Books

When we start preparation of any competitive examinations, We always aim to be the person who can secure the maximum marks in the examination. UPSC is also the similar competitive exam which most of the people love to go into it but only a few able to crack the exam.

Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service, is at present undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad.
Nandini, who hails from Karnataka, said being an IAS officer was always her dream.

“It is like a dream come true. I always wanted to be an IAS officer,” she told PTI.

Nandini KR was born and brought up in the Kolar Gold Field of Karnataka. She did schooling from St. Joseph Convent Girls High School. She had decided to become an IAS officer during her school days itself.

It was natural for her to not look for a private job after engineering and rather start preparation for Civil Services. In between, she had also worked for Karnataka PWD department as an engineer. It should be noted that Nandini has done B. Tech (Civil Engineering) from prestigious M S Ramaiya Engineering College, Bangalore.

Nandini cracked Civil Services Examination in her third attempt in   CSE 2015. However, her rank was not good enough and she was allotted Indian Revenue Services (IRS). She joined IRS without compromising with her preparation. This year she appeared with better preparation and the result justifies her hard work.

By caste, Nandini KR is an OBC. She took Kannada literature as her optional subject for Civil Services Mains Examination. Nandini KR became topper in her fourth attempt.

According to reports, Nandini KR who hails from Kolar district in Karnataka is a former state government employee who was working as a trainee officer with the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). “Education and Women Empowerment would be my priority areas of work,” Nandini KR said to All India Radio. A report in Outlook suggests that Nandini KR appeared for the prestigious exam last year.

“It is like a dream come true. I always wanted to be an IAS officer,” Nandini told PTI from the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad, where she is undergoing training. I put in a lot of effort. After getting selected in the IRS in 2014, I had taken the exam again in 2015 but could not crack it. I took the test again and topped it. It is a wonderful experience,” Nandini was quoted by news agency PTI.

Essential Books Suggested by Nandini KR for UPSC Prelims (Preliminary Exam):

  • India’s Ancient Past
  • History Of Medieval India
  • India’s Struggle For Independence
  • History Of Modern India
  • Indian and World Geography for Civil Services
  • Geography of India
  • Oxford School Atlas
  • Facts of Indian Culture
  • The Wonder That Was India
  • Indian Polity 5th Edition
  • Indian Economy 8th Edition
  • Science and Technology in India
  • Economic Survey
  • Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition
  • Science and Technology in India
  • General Studies: Paper I (2017)
  • General Studies: Paper II (2017)
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • India Year Book 2017
  • Manorama Yearbook 2017

Essential Books Suggested by Nandini KR for UPSC Mains:

  • History of Modern World
  • Social Problems In India
  • India After Gandhi
  • India and the World by Surendra Kumar
  • Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor
  • Governance in India for CSE
  • IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2
  • India’s National Security: A Reader
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India
  • IAS Mains General Studies Paper 3
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Mains
  • IAS Mains General Studies Paper 4
  • CIVIL SERVICES INTERVIEW: HOW TO EXCEL
  • Kit of Interviews
  • Interviews The Last Basic Tips On facing Civil Services Personality Test
  • Interview Cracker
  • Contemporary Essays by Ramesh Singh
  • 151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains
  • A Compendium of Essays

Books Suggested by Nandini KR for Interview:

  • CIVIL SERVICES INTERVIEW: HOW TO EXCEL
  • Kit of Interviews (How to Face Interview)
  • Interviews The Last Basic Tips On facing Civil Services Personality Test (Interview Questions)
  • Interview Cracker

 

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