Vandana Rao had topped the India’s toughest examination by clinching All India Rank fourth in UPSC Exam and is also the topper of the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.

All top 4 ranks of India’s most prestigious UPSC examination have been secured by female candidates in the year 2015. 1st rank goes to the physically handicapped girl Ira Singhal, 2nd rank goes to Renu Raj, 3rd position was occupied by Nidhi Gupta and fourth place goes to Vandana Rao.

Vandana says “she wanted to be an IAS officer as it gives us ample scope to do something worthwhile for the country”. Vandana gives a big salute to every Indian women for “showing there excellence in every field. She says we need to ignore anyone who tries to discourage us.”

Marks Obtained by Vandana Rao

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  1750  832
 Interview  275  187
 Total  2025  1019  (50.32%)

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Family Background

Vandana Rao belongs from a middle class family background. She hails from Kangan Heri village in Najafgarh area of southwest Delhi . Vandana’s father Hari Prasad Yadav is an assistant sub-inspector and works in the Delhi Police Headquarters. Her mother is a house maker. She has one elder brother and he is a teacher. Her brother always supported her and got all the material and books she needed.

Vandana Rao who ranked fourth in the year 2015 UPSC Exam says, “These two men were her constant inspiration and support to get into the Indian Administrative Services. She was always encouraged by her father and brother to realise her potential”.

Her father says, “we belong from a farming background. Vandana has achieved something special which none in our village could ever achieve.” He said he couldn’t study further and because of his own struggle in his life motivated him to provide proper education to his children, who joined Delhi police after completing his secondary education and was selected as the constable.

Educational Background

Vandana Rao joined the engineering discipline in the year 2008 and got graduated from Kurukshetra University in the year 2012. She worked with Multi National Company for three years after her graduation. And after three years she stands out as AIR 4 in UPSC Exam 2015 with flying colours.

She says that “engineering was her own choice of career and she dreamt of working for the top MNCs.”

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Vandana Rao secured delighting rank in her third serious attempt. Although her strong determination and outstanding preparation towards the Civil Services Exam made her to speculate selection while she was shocked enough to see herself in the top AIR 10 rankers list.

Advice to future Aspirants

  • If you want to succeed, be sincere and listen to the advice of elders around. They speak from experience, which the youth tend to dismiss.
  • There are no shortcuts for clearing the exam. One can utilize the Internet for everything.
  • One must persistently aim for success.
  • There is no alternative to hard work if you want to succeed.
  • Read regular newspaper.
  • Do not waste energy in joining coaching institutes.

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  1. Really….hats off to her…c s da only one who hv motivated by without taking Cochin…its really a mattr for enhancing appreciation to all ..especially…. Jo log banana chahate financial cricies k wajah se ho nahi paa rahe…grt of u madam……god gv u all happiness in life…
    U r having good motivational skill.

  2. Mymm m aap se kuch gadence lena chahta hu….
    krpyaa mero ki milegi….
    Or m aap se bat krna chataa hu……..
    Ias je baare me isi nem ki meri fb id h

  3. Mam it s vignesh J i need a your advice for how to perpare for CBI exam and whetare the subjest need to must to be a CBI.

  4. congratulations to Ms. Vandana Rao and her brother and parents for securing 4th Rank in the UPSC Exam for IAS . Wish you all the best ………

  5. Congrates dee .and god bless you
    You go ahead and alwayse serve for our country without any exceptation.

  6. Great said ji!! The last point which you mentioned supports such brains which believes that , “self preparation is the best way” followed by someone’s advice… That little advice of great importance someone may provide me with. If such advice is of you i’ll be grateful to you forever mam! I’m mechanical engg 3rd year student.
    Please help me by providing few more advices regarding,
    * to how many topics we have to concentrate fully?
    *optional subject I want to chose is Zoology;and
    *Study materials for GS papers
    *Preparations for interview

  7. As you drive inspiration from your senior I am driving my inspiration from you and definitely one day a individual would collectively regard us as a role model. Your achievement is great and mind boggling.

  8. truly mam, u r the real hero and motivator for those aspirant who thinks that only coaching classes can lead to success.
    I salute u from my heart and soul and pray to almighty god to retain ur determination and persistency towards ur entire career

  9. Mam I want to some help …mam my optional subject is mathematics..can you tell me which book is better..for mathematics

  10. Vandana said this was her second “serious” attempt at the exam. While she was confident of being selected, she was shocked to find herself among the top 10 rankers. “When I heard that the result was announced, I went online to look for the toppers. I was shocked to see my face against rank 4.

  11. firstly I am congratulate to you .mam would you please tell me which website you used to study online material…

  12. mam bhot r topper pe post kia bt rplyyy ny dete h koi kya aaplog apne chote bhai bhn ko sugst ny kroge??, so di plzz suggst me Q ki lin lgi h…plzz 8409549174 my whatapp nb nd also nb …so di plzz help me

  13. Dear Vandana Madam , I am a house wife .I have 10 hours for study. I have done my M.A in english and hindi .I belong BC cate . I live in a village. I have done my all study at home with good marks . I have done PGDCA also. My age is 29 . I feel proud about your grand success. Please suggest me subject and books because l fill my foam monday. I need help from you. Please send your advise amd book list and net site. THANKS

  14. Congrtulations mam..u got it in 2015… u r in top5 positons…mam expecting ur help& sugestions for my career..i completed graduation nd PG..mam ..stil searching for good job.
    Mam me alse came from rural vilage background..mam expecting ur help &suport..sugestions…thankful to u mam..

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