The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exams are renowned as one of the most challenging examinations in India, with lakhs of aspirants vying for success each year. Among the myriad success stories in the realm of IAS officers, Anudeep Durishetty’s remarkable journey stands out as a testament to unwavering dedication and resilience, ultimately leading to his historic achievement of securing All India Rank 1 in the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 2017.
Anudeep embarked on his UPSC CSE journey after completing his graduation from BITS Pilani and gaining professional experience as a Software Engineer at Google. Despite the allure of a lucrative career, his inner calling to serve the nation propelled him to relinquish his position and embrace the challenging path of a civil servant. His initial attempt in 2012 did not yield success, and while the subsequent try in 2013 secured him a place in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), his overarching goal of becoming an IAS officer remained unfulfilled.
Undeterred by setbacks, Anudeep exhibited remarkable persistence, attempting the UPSC CSE in 2014 and 2015. Rather than succumbing to disappointment, these failures fueled his determination. In 2017, on his fifth attempt, Anudeep not only secured a coveted place in the prestigious IAS but also emerged as the topper of the UPSC CSE 2017 with All India Rank 01—an exceptional achievement that he accomplished without the aid of any coaching assistance. Currently serving as the District Collector of Hyderabad, Anudeep has made significant contributions to public service.
Anudeep’s accomplishments extend beyond securing the top rank; in 2017, he achieved the distinction of scoring the highest marks ever in UPSC exams, amassing an impressive 1,126 marks out of 2,025.
Crucial to Anudeep’s success was the steadfast support from his family. Their unwavering emotional and financial backing played a pivotal role in enabling him to concentrate on his studies and pursue his aspirations. Anudeep’s journey serves as an inspirational narrative, highlighting the values of persistence, familial support, and an unwavering commitment to one’s aspirations in the pursuit of excellence in public service.