UPSC results declared: Delhi girl tops exam
The Union Public Service Commission declared results for the Civil Service Examination, 2015 yesterday. 21-year-old Delhi girl, Tina Dabi, has topped the merit list in her maiden attempt. The second rank was secured by Jammu and Kashmir boy, Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan, who belongs to South Kashmir's Devipora village in Anantnag district. A total of 1,078 candidates made it to the merit list.
The Civil Service Examination is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) annually. The gruelling 3-stage exam which spans almost a year recruits officers for the elite services such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc. About half-a-million candidates appear annually for this exam which is considered to be among the toughest examinations.
Out of the 1078 candidates who made it to the final list, 499 belong to the general category, 314 to Other Backward Castes (OBCs), 176 to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 89 to Scheduled Tribes (STs).
"Congrats to all those who cleared the Civil Services Exam. My good wishes as they commence a new & exciting phase of their lives"- PM Modi tweeted. "Napoleon said that without opportunity ability can't be cultivated. Dalit girl topped IAS & this could not have been possible 40-50 yrs back"- Northwest Delhi MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj wrote congratulating the topper Tina Dabi.
Tina, a graduate of political science from Lady Sri Ram (LSR) College, Delhi University, said that she used to study 8-10 hours daily and focussed on "having a schedule, weekly targets, and being disciplined and focused". Athar Aamir ul Shafi Khan, an IIT Mandi graduate said, "I wish my selection becomes an inspiration for the youth from entire Kashmir, especially south Kashmir".
Lately, the South Kashmir region has seen a spike in militancy which has worried the administration and security agencies as a large number of local youths are joining militant ranks.
Athar Khan wants to work with "zeal and dedication" to help militancy affected Kashmiri youths join the mainstream. Tina has opted for Haryana cadre as she finds Haryana a "very big paradox", where the economic growth has not ensured commensurate social progress. Now, she wishes to work to bring about a change in the patriarchal mindset and ensure gender equality in the state.