Radhika Devi, a Kendriya Vidyalaya teacher in Jaipur, topped the Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive (Main) Examination (RAS) 2012 results, announced by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) on Friday.
Monika Balara of Hanumgarh has got the second position. Examination was held for 1,211 posts, after the written examination, interviews continued for seven long months.
29-year old Radhika Devi, who belongs to Deedwana in Nagaur district, scored 900 marks to get the first position in the merit list. The second position has gone to Monika Balara, 27, of Hanumangarh. Radhika and Monika are the only women in the top 10 list.
Radhika is a teacher at Kendriya Vidalya No 5 in Jaipur since 2008. Her father is the district education officer in Nagaur. This was her second attempt; in the first, she failed to clear the Mains written exam.
Two sisters from Jaisalmer who are in politics, also passed the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) exam on Friday. Anjana Meghwal, 36, who was sworn in as Zila Parishad, decided to choose a political, rather than bureaucratic, future.
“When I was campaigning for the Panchayat elections, people knew that I had passed the written exam for RAS and thought I may not stay with them in politics, but I assured them that I will continue in politics, irrespective of what happens in result. How can I ditch them now?” asked Anjana Meghwal, 36, talking to Hindustan Times on telephone from Jaisalmer.
Her younger sister, Prem Dhande, also cleared the exam. The 31-year old was also a member of the Zila Parishad, but "she would quit politics now," according to Anjana.
Prem Dhande said she did her B.Tech from a Jodhpur engineering college, before pursuing a MBA from ICFAI National College in the same city.
Anjana was a housewife for 15 years and began preparing for RAS exams after her husband, Taneram Meghwal, an engineer in the municipal council, passed away in 2011. Her two sons – Mohit, 17, and Ankit, 15 – supported her in her studies and she cleared the prestigious exam in her first attempt.
Her father, Rooparam Meghwal, retired as the chief engineer of the Public Health and Engineering Department, Rajasthan, and contested the 2013 Assembly elections as a Congress candidate from Jaisalmer.
She was sworn in as the Jaisalmer Zila Pramukh on February 7 and was before the interview panel at Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) in Ajmer on February 9.
Results of Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services combined Competitive Examination, 2012, were declared on Friday evening. The exam is used for recruitment into the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) and Rajasthan Police Service (RPS), among other related civil services.
Interviews for the services began in January this year and continued till Thursday. There were 360 posts in state services, including 75 in RAS, and 1211 posts in subordinate services.