Ranchi: At least 15 Jharkhand youngsters have cracked the Union Public Service Examination (UPSC), India’s central agency authorized to conduct the civil services examinations, this year. Of them, seven are women.
Six of the successful candidates are from the twin cities of Dhanbad-Bokaro. Few of them have been ex-students of the reputed Indian School of Mines (ISM), Dhanbad that recently got IIT status.
“We are glad to learn that some of our ex-students have cracked India’s most coveted exams to become civil servants,” ISM Dhanbad registrar Col M K Singh, said, adding, “It’s a proud moment for all of us at our institute and Dhanbad town.”
While Nitish Kumar of Palamu, who stayed in Ranchi and Delhi most of the time to prepare for the civil services, secured the highest 23 rd rank, Jyoti—she goes by one name-- of Jamshedpur had to settle with rank 872, the lowest among the 15 UPSC achievers from the state.
Prerna Dixit, currently posted as divisional forest officer (DFO), Ramgarh is the second candidate while P Anvwesh Reddy from Dhanbad is the third one from the state in the below 100 rank. While Dixit secured 57 th rank, Reddy cleared the exam securing 80th rank among the 1099 candidates from across the country who cleared the prestigious exam.
Prerna had cracked UPSC last year but got selected for the forest service. She became DFO of Ramgarh in February but decided to take another attempt at the civil service examinations as she wished to become an IAS officer.
Having secured the 57 rank automatically qualifies her for the administrative service and become an IAS officer. Elated on having fulfilled her wish, she told reporters, who called her after the results were declared, that as a DFO she took several initiatives towards conservation of forests but many things were in the pipeline and she didn’t get much time.
“I hope I would get Jharkhand cadre so that I come back as a deputy commissioner of Ramgarh and carry out several development work that I couldn’t initiate as a DFO,” she said.
ISM authorities said Reddy was a 2010 batch pass-out but the family seems to have migrated to another city as she never came to the institute thereafter. HT could not trace the family in Dhanbad.
Ranchi Burdhman Compound resident, Basukinath Jha has secured 378 rank that qualifies him for a job in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), but this young mechanical engineer from CV Raman College, Bhubaneshwar isn’t satisfied with his performance. He wants to become an IAS officer and hence has decided to take another shot at the civil services exams.
Jha said, after completing engineering, he had worked for two years at TVS Motors before he decided to quit the job and went to Delhi to prepare for UPSC. The mechanical engineer missed his first attempt at the examination as he failed to clear the interview. This was his second attempt at the exam.