While girls have outshone boys in the country in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services exam results announced on Saturday by grabbing top four slots for this year, the region’s girls have also proved their mettle.
City girl Sumangla Sharma has bagged the 469th rank in the UPSC civil services exam in the general category in her first attempt.
Sumangla has bagged the 469th rank with Sociology as her optional subject. Sumangla left her job with Tata Motors in Mumbai, where she had `8-lakh package, to fulfill her father’s dream. An elated Sharma stated that she had got her birthday gift in advance by clearing this exam.
“I will turn 27 on July 27 and I have got such a beautiful surprise gift in advance. My father wanted me to go for the civil services and I gave it a shot even as I had a wholesome job in Mumbai as a sales manager with Tata Motors. One day, I had a change of heart; I thought of giving the exam a try and thus left the job,” she said. She said at one level, it sounded strange that she left such a job. “But later, I found that in the private sector, my work was having less of an impact on the society. I always wanted to do something meaningful,” she said.
“It was in September 2013 that I decided to start focusing on the civil services. I had just about 11 months to get through the prelims and I made it,” she gushed.
She worked hard to crack the civil services and got admission to a residential coaching academy of Jamia Milia Islamia wherein just 100 students got admission after an entrance exam. She said, “If I had continued with my private job, I could have done well, but I would then probably have regretted not serving the nation and making my father’s dream come true.”
Her father is a retired businessman while her elder brother is running a sanitary items business. She said she would be the first one in the family to work as an officer. Sumangla did her B Com (honours) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and MBA in marketing and human resources from the Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi before joining Tata Motors as sales manager.
Her inspiration, she says, has come from her mother Vinod Sharma, who manages all work as a homemaker with equanimity and her father Mohinderpal Sharma, who has always motivated her. APJ Abdul Kalam is her role model.
She said she would work hard and contribute to girls’ education to serve the nation. “As an officer, I want to focus on girls’ education as there is a need to empower every female of the country,” she said.