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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014

What's on civil services exam topper Gaurav Agrawal's CV

HT Correspondent and Agencies, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 12, 2014
First Published: 16:45 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 07:25 IST(13/6/2014)

The Union Public Service Commission on Thursday announced results for the Civil Service Examination 2013, naming 1,122 successful candidates who had cleared the prestigious examination to join premier civil services including the Indian Administrative Service.

This is the highest intake of civil servants through this examination, nearly double the 580 civil servants recruited in 2009. An additional 210 candidates have been placed in the reserve list.

For the first time in four years, a male candidate topped the prestigious examination. Gaurav Agrawal has got the first rank in the exam with economics as his optional subject. He holds Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. This was his second attempt.

Gaurav Agrawal's parents and his wife celebrate by offering sweets at their residence in Jaipur, Rajasthan. (Prahakar Sharma/HT Photo)

Agrawal, who got 244th rank and chose Indian Police Service last year, is currently undergoing training at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

Resident of Gayatri Nagar in Maharani Farm in Jaipur, Agrawal worked as trader, emerging markets and credit trading, in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2011 for Citibank.

“Initially I could not believe. Then I started receiving calls from my friends, father, mother and wife congratulating me,” the 29-year-old from Jaipur told IANS.

“IAS is my first choice. It is a field job. You can meet people, understand their problems and then try to solve them,” said Agrawal, whose father Suresh Chandra Gupta is a manager in Jaipur Dairy.

Delhi-based Munish Sharma and Rachit Raj have got second and third positions respectively.

Women had bagged the top slots in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Civil Services Examinations.

Sharma has a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) degree from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. He got through the exam in second attempt.

"I am very happy. My success is the result of hard work and blessings of my teachers and my mother," Sharma told PTI over phone.

Raj has cracked the examination in his first attempt. Bharti Dixit is the topper among female candidates. She has secured fifth rank. She has done Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi. This was her first attempt.

As many as 1,122 candidates have been recommended for appointment in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services on the basis of the Civil Services Examination, 2013, said a release issued by the Ministry of Personnel.

There are 15 males and 10 females in top 25 positions. Among the top 25 candidates, 24 took the examination in English and one in Kannada medium.

Nine of the top 25 candidates are from engineering stream, three from medical science, four from science and nine from commerce, humanities and other social sciences background.

Five of them have made to the merit list in their first attempts, 11 in second attempts, seven in third attempts and two in their fourth attempts.

The result also showcases the pan-India distribution of successful candidates. Among the top 25, there are candidates claiming domicile from as many as 11 states or union territories: Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, it said.

Of these, 20 appeared for the examination from Delhi; two from Jaipur and one each from Lucknow, Bangalore and Chandigarh centres.

While 517 candidates have cleared the examination in the general category, 326 belong to Other Backward Classes, 187 Scheduled Caste and 92 Scheduled Tribe categories.

As many as 180 candidates have made it to the highly-coveted IAS, while 32 to Indian Foreign Services and 150 to Indian Police Service. The maximum (710) number of candidates has been selected for Central Services Group 'A' and the rest (156) to Group 'B' Services.

The civil services (preliminary) examination was held on May 26, 2013. A total of 776,565 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 323,949 candidates actually appeared and 14,959 candidates were declared qualified for appearance in the mains examination.

The mains exam was held in December, 2013 and based on their performance, 3,003 candidates were shortlisted for the personality test which was conducted in April-June.

The Civil Services Examination is conducted in three phases-- preliminary, mains and interview. Results will also be available on UPSC's website.

"However, marks are likely to be available on the website within 15 days from the date of declaration of results," the release said.


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