Call it the mother of all paradoxes. Haryana and Punjab have the worst child sex ratios - in that order - in the country. But two girls, Shena Aggarwal and Rukmani Riar, from small towns of these states have topped India’s most prestigious exam, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for appointment to the civil services.
Shena Aggarwal (25), a resident of Yamunanagar in Haryana, secured the first rank in the civil services examination-2011, the result of which was declared on Friday. Rukmani Riar, 24, of Hoshiarpur (Punjab), got the second position.
Shena hit the bull’s eye in her third attempt. She is an MBBS (bachelor's in medicine and bachelor's in surgery) graduate from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She was also the all-India topper in the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) in 2004.
She is currently undergoing 16-month training in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), which started in December last year at Nagpur.
Shena told HT that she was extremely happy but also quite surprised to come up trumps. She started preparations for the exam after her internship at AIIMS in January 2010. She picked psychology and medical science as her subjects and then started brushing up her knowledge of current affairs.
Shena said she did not go for coaching, but joined a test series in New Delhi.
Shena’s father Dr CK Aggarwal is a dentist in Yamunanagar; her mother is a housewife. A beaming Dr Aggarwal said, “She has always made us proud. She stood first in the Class-12 CBSE examination in 2004, and was also the topper of the 2009 MBBS batch from AIIMS.”
Rukmani, a gold-medallist post-graduate in social sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, excelled in the UPSC exam in her maiden attempt.
Chandigarh boy Prince Dhawan (22) got the third rank.
The mains examination was held in 2011 and the interviews in March-April this year.