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Civil Services exam: State candidates shine

Customs officer Swetha Mohanty bags All India second rank

Andhra Pradesh reaped a rich harvest in the Civil Services examinations bagging about 10 ranks within the top 100 successful candidates.

An interesting aspect of this year's results is the success of children of senior IAS and IPS officers from the State and most of the successful candidates are engineers.

Swetha Mohanty, daughter of former Municipal Commissioner of Hyderabad P.K. Mohanty, bagged the All India second rank. A Customs officer, Ms. Swetha is presently working in Siliguri in West Bengal, and is married to an IAS officer. She has a daughter.

“As a Civil servant, I am extremely happy that she bagged the second rank and as a father, I am feeling proud,” said Mr. Mohanty speaking to The Hindu from the United States. “The achievement is significant as she was portraying the role of a wife, mother, and employee simultaneously,” he said.

“Success reflects her hard work,” said V. Gopala Krishna of Brain Tree where she took coaching. Ms. Swetha completed her education from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Narayana Junior College. She took her B.Tech (Computer Science) from Gokaraju Rangaraju College of Engineering.

Another candidate from IAS family is the 90th ranker Krishna Bhasker, son of senior IAS officers V. Bhaskar and Lakshmi Parthasaradhi. Similarly, Abhishek Mohanty (139), son of former DGP A.K. Mohanty, qualified for IPS. His brother is also an IPS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre. Bhasker completed B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and obtained PG Diploma in Management from Indian School of Business, while Abhishek got his B.Tech from Vasavi College of Engineering and worked at Oracle. Some of the toppers from the State include Chakradhar Babu (12), Anirudh Sravan (13), P. Sunil Kumar (18), M. Kurma Rao (23), Chandrasekhar (24), Jaya Chandra Bhanu Reddy (25), M. Govinda Rao (31), P. Siva Sankar (53), P. Madhusudhan Reddy (54), and Aravind M. Bangari (83). Some of them were trained at R.C. Reddy Study Circle.

Mr. Chakradhar was earlier selected into IPS but chose to appear again. He is a graduate from JNTUH. Mr. Kurma Rao hails from Vizianagaram district and studied at A.P. Residential School, Bobbili and GITAM, Visakhapatnam. Before bagging IPS last year, he worked at BHEL, Bangalore, for four years.

His father is a farmer. Mr. Chandrasekhar got his B.Tech from University of Madras and pursued PG from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Son of a farmer, he hails from Veerapuram village, Piduguralla in Guntur district.

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