Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], April 28 (ANI): Durishetty Anudeep, the topper of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination 2017 explained that his journey to crack the civil services examination was not an easy one. Also Read - TRS MLA Nomula Narsimhaiah Passes Away Due to Heart Attack

“This is my fifth attempt. I have failed thrice before, and the journey was not easy for me. However, I am now extremely happy with my achievement, and I am grateful to all the people who supported me through thick and thin,” he told ANI. Also Read - Hyderabad Will be Free of 'Nizam Culture', Promises Amit Shah if BJP Voted to Power

28-year-old Anudeep, who has served as an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer for two years, bagged the first rank in the civil services examination, preliminary examination for which was conducted on June 18 last year. Also Read - Farmers' Protests Not Political, Would Never Say That: Home Minister Amit Shah in Hyderabad

While the Telangana candidate topped the list, Anu Kumari from Sonipat came second, while Sachin Gupta stood third.

Talking about her achievement, an elated Anu said ensuring the safety of women in the country would be her top priority.

“My first preference is to be an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, as I would like to stay in India and serve the country. My top priority would be to tackle matters related to the safety of women in the country. I want all women across India to feel safe,” she said.

On a related note, 9, 57,590 candidates applied for the preliminary examination, out of which 4, 56, 625 candidates appeared. 13,366 candidates qualified for the Written (Main) Examination held in October – November 2017. Of them, 2568 candidates qualified for the Personality Test conducted in February – April 2018.

The UPSC then recommended a total of 990 candidates, including 750 men and 240 women for appointment to various Services, including IAS, Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS). (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.