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IAS Topper 2017: S Susree, AIR 151, CSE 2017 - Youngest UPSC Topper

The UPSC civil services results bring to the fore many inspiring stories of people who strive hard with dedication and determination and strike gold at the UPSC altar.

This year’s results were no different. There are many stories of grit that reinforce one’s belief in the inevitability of success in the IAS exam when hard work meets proper guidance.

This article talks about a youngster, IAS topper S Susree, who cites former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as her inspiration behind her UPSC journey.

S Susree

IAS Topper Story of S Susree

  • S Susree is a native of Kollam in Kerala.
  • When she bagged the 151st rank in the 2017 UPSC exam, she became the youngest person to clear the IAS in 2017. She was just 22 years old when she cleared the IAS exam.
  • Susree’s father Sunil Kumar, a CRPF personnel, was a member of the Special Protection Group (SPG) from 2004 to 2010. He was part of the SPG that gave protection to Manmohan Singh and his immediate family.
  • In 2008, Susree recalls an opportunity that she had got as a 14-year old to present a bouquet to Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.
  • Susree remembers the brief conversation that she had with Singh in which he asked her about her dreams. She replied that she wanted to be a civil servant and received Singh’s blessing which motivated her a great deal.
  • She was also deeply impressed by the many senior IAS officers who had come to meet Singh.
  • Apart from her father’s support and guidance, she also received the guidance of N Ramachandran, the former DGP of Meghalaya and Assam. For IAS coaching, you can check the linked article.

IAS Topper Marks

S Susree’s marks are given below in the table:

Exam Marks Obtained
Mains (Written) 858/1750
Interview 184/275
Total 1042/2025 [51.46%]

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In the 2017 civil services exam, the first rank went to Anudeep Durishetty, who was a serving IRS officer.

The second rank went to Anu Kumari, who had nine years of work experience in the private sector. Read their stories and more from the table below:

Anudeep Durishetty AIR 1, CSE 2017 Anu Kumari AIR 2, CSE 2017
Saumya Sharma AIR 9, CSE 2017 Anirudh Singh, Hindi medium IAS topper 2017
IAS Success Stories of Working Professionals UPSC Toppers with Geography Optional

You can also read about another youngster Ansar Shaikh who cracked the IAS exam here.

Related Links:

UPSC Prelims UPSC Books
UPSC Syllabus UPSC Mains
NCERT Notes for UPSC Exam Monthly Magazine for UPSC Current Affairs
IPS UPSC Exam Pattern

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