Adapa Karthik, presently an Indian Police Service probationer undergoing training at the Indian Police Academy, Hyderabad, has topped the Civil Services Examination, 2007, while Delhi School of Economics (DSE) post-graduate Ashima Jain secured the highest rank among women out of the 734 who made it.
A qualified doctor, Karthik, appeared for the examination in 2004 and secured a rank of 166. He felt he could do better and took the same exam again in 2006, coming 144th. Still not satisfied, he took the exams again last year, and emerged right on top.
Seventh rank holder Ashima is a well-recognised name in the DSE campus. DSE Economics head S.C. Panda has no trouble recollecting Jain’s achievements as a student even though she passed out in 2005.
“She was one of our brightest students and the topper in her batch. I would have expected her to top the examinations,” Panda told the Hindustan Times.
Seven women are among the top 20 in the list of successful candidates, who include 286 from the general category. Doing Delhi proud is another woman, Smita Sarangi, who ranked 17th.
Two JNU students, Mahesh Kumar and Aditya Goenka also came out with flying colours. Mohammad Pervez Alam (21) a student of Jamia Milia Islamia, cleared the exam on his first attempt. “I am not surprised he excelled in the civil services,” said Mohammad Asif Umar, coordinator of the Center for Coaching and Career Planning Guidance, Jamia.
OBCs account for 266 candidates while 128 belong to Scheduled Castes and 54 to Scheduled Tribes.
A total of 3,27,683 candidates had applied for this examination. Of the successful candidates, selected for appointment to the IAS, IFS, IPS and other central services, 580 are men and 154 women.