Vizag resident Kirthi C topped from the twin states by securing the 14th rank. A graduate from the Indian Institute of Madras (2008-12), Kirthi cleared the examination in her third attempt. Valluru Kranthi secured the 65th all India rank and stood second from the twin states. Ramakrishna Ch secured the third position with the all India rank of 84.
Elated over her performance, Kirthi told TOI: “My priority is to help the underprivileged people as well as improve the pathetic condition of government institutions like schools, hospitals among others in the district where I am posted.”
While the UPSC results last year had an impressive 14 candidates in the top 100 list, only three candidates from the Telugu states could make it to the top 100 list this year. Despite that, experts attribute this to be one of the best results in the last three years.
“Although not many students could secure ranks in the top 100 list, this year, the twin states have a 90% pass percentage as out of the 74 students who appeared for the interview, 67 cleared it. Several candidates from rural areas also secured top ranks,” said Gopal Krishna, director of Brain Tree Institute that trained 15 out of the 67 rankers. He further added that one of the reasons for the high success rate could be the qualifying nature of the exam that enabled several rural students to compete and qualify for the exam.
Among other candidates who secured top ranks were Vasana Vidhya Sagar Naidu (101), Allatipalli Pavan Kumar Reddy (179), Y Rishanth Reddy (180), Varun Guntupalli (183) and VG Satish Pasumarthi (191). There were 55 others who secured ranks above 200.
A total of 38,925 candidates had appeared for the preliminary examination from the two Telugu states out of which Hyderabad had the highest number of candidates at 23,788 followed by Vijayawada at 5133, Vishakapatnam at 4950, Tirupati at 3230 and Anantapur at 1194.