Nandini K R, who hails from Karnataka, has topped the prestigious civil services examination, the result of which was declared today by the UPSC.
She had taken the exam last year.
Talking to news agency PTI, Nandini said she always wanted to be an IAS officer.
"This is a very happy moment for me, I have realized my dream", she added.
She had cleared the examination earlier too and was allocated the Indian Revenue Service. But she had set her eyes on joining the administrative service and sat for the 2016 examination again.
As many as 1,099 candidates have been recommended for various government services.
There are 220 other candidates in the waiting list.
As many as 180 successful candidates will be appointed in the IAS, 45 in the IFS, 150 in the IPS and 834 in other central group A and B services.
Among the successful candidates, 500 belong to the general category, 347 to the Other Backward Class category followed by 163 from Scheduled Castes and 89 from Scheduled Tribe categories.
The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages-- preliminary, main and interview -- to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.