UPSC CSE is one of the toughest exams in India that leads to prestigious jobs like the Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and  Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The exam has three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

The results for UPSC 2022 were announced on May 23, 2023. Ishita Kishore, Garima Lohia, Uma Harathi N, and Smirti Mishra secured the top positions. Mayur Hazarika got 5th place, topping among male candidates. Gahana Navya James from Kerala secured the 6th position.

Gahana, from Pala in Kottayam, studied Political Science and History, ranking first in her MA. She excelled without coaching, relying on newspapers and the internet. Reading newspapers since childhood helped her form opinions on various topics, benefiting her in UPSC exams.

Gahanna pursued a Ph.D. in International Relations after securing a Junior Research Fellowship. She studied at Chavara Public School and later at St. Mary’s School. Her father is a retired professor, and she’s the niece of IFS officer Sibi George, India’s Ambassador to Japan.

Inspired by her uncle and motivated by her brother, Gahana aims for IFS. She preferred self-study over coaching, discussing current affairs with her brother. Being a regular newspaper reader kept her updated on politics and economics.

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Gahanna, a full-time research scholar, emphasized her dream of becoming a civil servant. Despite a failed attempt in 2021, she didn’t give up, understanding the exam’s nature.