Rahul S Sankanur (31) is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who is currently posted as the Assistant Commissioner, Lingasugur Sub-Division in Karnataka. Having secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 17 in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Examination (CSE) 2018 examination with the Anthropology as the optional subject.
Rahul hails from Hubli. Karnataka and went on to complete his Engineering from R V College, Bangalore. He was an IT professional who left his high paying job to work for his goal, and eventually prepared for CSE.
Deriving inspiration from the simplicity of his father and the egalitarian nature of his mother Rahul Sankanur achieved a feat for which almost 5 lakh people were competing. His tale of success is the one straight from a movie where the protagonist struggles and struggles until he finally succeeds. One thing he never did was to quit. In his third attempt as he failed in Mains he got around 4 months gap in which he tried to realise where he was committing mistakes and this 4 months taught him lessons which would never be forgotten. He admits that he was expecting the different results after making the same mistakes. As it always does, his hard work paid off when he secured AIR 17, in CSE 2018 which could as well have been his last attempt.