Nandini, who hails from Karnataka, said being an IAS officer was always her dream. “It is like a dream come true. I always wanted to be an IAS officer,” she told PTI. This was her fourth attempt. She had cracked the 2014 civil services exam and was alloted the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise). Nandini belongs to the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. Holding a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, her optional subject was Kannada literature. Anmol Sher Singh Bedi secured the second rank. He is an engineering graduate in computer science from BITS, Pilani. The top 25 candidates comprise 18 men and 7 women I put in a lot of effort. After getting selected in the IRS in 2014, I had taken the exam again in 2015 but could not crack it. I took the test again and topped it. It is a wonderful experience," she says.Nandini got 849 rank in the 2014 civil services exam and was alloted IRS (Customs and Central Excise).