The Union Public Service Commission released the result of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017 and the first rank is secured by Hyderabad’s Anudeep Durishetty, Haryana’s Anu Kumari secured the second place and Sachin Gupta secured the overall third rank.

Considered to be one of the toughest competitive exams conducted in India, the UPSC Civil Services Exam directly lands scholars to top-level government jobs such like IAS, IFS and IPS officers. Lakhs of youth from across India appears for the exam and only a handful get selected – so if you are one of the people who appeared once but didn’t succeed, well try again. And here are the stories of UPSC first-rank holder Durishetty Anudeep from Hyderabad and second-rank-holder Anu Kumari from Haryana for the exam this year which will surely inspire anyone.

Anudeep Durishetty is currently working as Assistant Tax Commissioner in Hyderabad belongs to the other backward classes (OBC) category. 28-year-old Anudeep who is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer for two years, said that this was his fifth attempt in the UPSC exam and he has failed thrice before. After extreme dedication and preparation for the exam, Anudeep said it wasn’t an easy path for him, but he finally managed to ace the exam and is now aspiring to become an IAS officer. Talking about his success, Anudeep said, “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.”

About the second-ranker of UPSC exam, Anu Kumari from Haryana is 31-year-old and mother of a 4-year-old son has been preparing for the exam since last two years. A Physics Honours graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University, she went on to do an MBA from IMT Nagpur. In 2016, she attempted the UPSC exam for first time but missed the cut-off score by merely one mark. Then, she quit her private sector job to prepare for UPSC and studied for 10-12 hours a day for two years – preparing for the exams. She now aims to stay in the country and serve country, especially work on safety of women in the country.

The pick here is that, neither Anudeep nor Anu Kumari ever set their foot in any of the UPSC examination coaching classes and all they did was on their own. Both the toppers of this year’s exam have broken all the stereotypes about the need for expensive coaching centres and have shown the way for millions of aspirants who are in their shoes – that you can be successful while having already busy lives. This year, a total of 990 candidates -750 men and 240 women – have been recommended by the Commission for appointment for the Civil Services jobs by Central Government.