A 22-year-old woman from Delhi, Tina Dabi , topped the 2015 civil services examination in her first attempt, while a railway officer from Jammu and Kashmir, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan, secured the second place as the results of one of the country’s toughest tests were announced on Tuesday. Delhi’s Jasmeet Singh Sandhu bagged the third place.
The list of successful candidates also gave Bengal a reason to smile. Bhadreswar girl Sweta Agarwal secured the 19th rank, becoming one of only three women to make it to the Top 20 and the topper from Bengal.
It was her third attempt to clear the prestigious exam. Her father runs a small grocery shop in Bhadreswar. An economics honors from St Xavier’s College in Kolkata, Sweta cracked the exam.
Jyotirmoy Pal Chowdhury, the head of the Institute for Civil Service Aspirants in Salt Lake, where Sweta studied, said, “She comes from a very modest background. It is because of her hard work and determination that she achieved this rank.”
Apart from Sweta, five other students from the institute cracked the exam, including income-tax officer 29-year-old Sandeep Ghosh from Cossipore. He has secured the 67th rank. in 2015 also. She is undergoing IPS training in Hyderabad at present. “I always wanted to become an IAS officer. For the last four years, I did nothing apart from working towards this goal. I am an extremely happy person today, more so because I did not expect this rank,” the 28-year-old told HT.
Sweta left her job in Deloitte India to study for the exam. “I am my parents’ only child and they always believed in me. Today, they are on cloud nine,” she said with a broad smile. “Congrats to all those who cleared the Civil Services Exam. My good wishes as they commence a new and exciting phase of their lives,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
A graduate in political science from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, Dabi, the topper, did her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary. “It is indeed a proud moment for me,” she told PTI.
The UPSC declared that it was maintaining a reserve list of 172 candidates. The results are based on scores in a written examination held in December 2015 and interviews conducted between March and May 2016.
Athar, a 23-year-old resident of Anantnag in south Kashmir, is undergoing training at the Indian Railways Institute of Transport and Management, Lucknow. It was his second attempt. “I just could not believe it. The news I have become second took a few minutes to sink in,” he said.