Know Your 2016 UPSC Exam Toppers

A look at the profiles of the toppers of the 2016 UPSC civil services exam reveals the diverse backgrounds of the selected candidates. Hailing from different corners of the country, they present an eclectic mix of men and women all united only in their civil services dream. This article presents brief profiles of the top ten selected candidates of the 2016 UPSC exam.

IAS Toppers 2016

Rank #1: Nandini K R

  • Native state – Karnataka
  • Attempt – Fourth
  • Optional subject – Kannada Literature
  • Education – Graduate in Civil Engineering
  • Professional experience – Worked as an Assistant Engineer in the State Public Works department for 3 years. Underwent IRS training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, Faridabad.
  • Total marks – 1120/2025

Rank #2: Anmol Sher Singh Bedi

  • Native state – Punjab
  • Attempt – First
  • Optional subject – Political Science and International Relations
  • Education – B. Tech in Computer Science from BITS Pilani.
  • Professional experience – Nil
  • Total marks – 1105/2025

Rank #3: Gopalakrishna Ronanki

  • Native state – Andhra Pradesh
  • Attempt – Fourth
  • Optional subject – Telugu Literature
  • Education – B.Sc. from Andhra University; Teachers’ Training Course
  • Professional experience – Primary school teacher for 11 years
  • Total marks – 1101/2025

Rank #4: Saumya Pandey

  • Native state – Uttar Pradesh
  • Attempt – First
  • Optional subject – Geography
  • Education – Graduate in Electrical Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
  • Professional experience – Nil
  • Total marks – 1095/2025

Rank #5: Abhilash Mishra

  • Native state – Uttar Pradesh
  • Attempt – Fourth
  • Optional subject – Public Administration
  • Education – B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Allahabad
  • Professional experience – Worked with Indian Oil Corporation for 4 years; worked as an officer in Indian Customs and Central Excise Service
  • Total marks – 1092/2025

Rank #6: Kothamasu Dinesh Kumar

  • Native state – Andhra Pradesh
  • Attempt – First
  • Optional subject – Political Science and International Relations
  • Education – B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT, Warangal
  • Professional experience – Worked for Bharat Petroleum for 1 year
  • Total marks – 1091/2025

Rank #7: Anand Vardhan

  • Native state – Bihar
  • Attempt – Fourth
  • Optional subject – Political Science and International Relations
  • Education – B. Tech
  • Professional experience – Nil
  • Total marks – 1088/2025

Rank #8: Shweta Chauhan

  • Native State – Uttar Pradesh
  • Attempt: Third
  • Optional subject – Geography
  • Education – B.Sc Physics Honors from Hindu College, University of Delhi
  • Professional Experience – Worked in IRTS and IRS after her previous attempts
  • Total marks – 1088/2025

Rank #9: Suman Sourav Mohanty

  • Native State – Odisha
  • Attempt – Second
  • Optional subject – Public Administration
  • Education – B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from KIIT University
  • Professional Experience – Worked in IRS; and in Kandhamal after clearing the Odisha State Civil Services exam
  • Total marks – 1085/2025

Rank #10: Bilal Mohi Ud Din Bhat

  • Native State – Jammu & Kashmir
  • Attempt – Fourth
  • Optional subject – Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Education – Graduate in Veterinary Sciences from College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Jammu
  • Professional Experience – Worked as a Deputy Conservator of Forests after clearing IFoS exam; worked for 2 years in the state services after clearing Kashmir Administrative Services
  • Total marks – 1078/2025

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