A graduate from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, she aced the civil services exam despite having a successful legal career.
The daughter of a senior IAS officer, Rohit R. Brandon of the Rajasthan cadre, Gitanjali has for long been interested in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomacy.
She said she was an avid debater while studying law and even represented her university at international discussions. Fond of travelling and exploring new cultures, the Indian Foreign Service is her first preference.
Keen for involvement in energy and climate diplomacy as well as trade negotiations, Gitanjali intends to use her opportunity to have an impact on India's relations with other countries.
She credited her parents and god for her recent success, adding that she "hopes to be able to contribute to India's emerging diplomatic profile in the years to come".
- By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan
Gitanjali Brandon ( Board : Rajni Razdan ) : 9th April 2012
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