Rukmini Riar, 24-year-old post graduate in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences has cleared the UPSC civil services exam-2011 bagging the second position. The result for Mains exams held in 2011 and for Interviews held for personality test held in March-April 2012 was declared by UPSC on Friday.
A total number of 910 candidates have been recommended for the appointment in different set of civil services by the UPSC.
Gold-medalist Rukmini, daughter of Hoshiarpur based advocate Baljinder Pal Singh Riar, cleared her exam in maiden attempt.
Rukmini completed her schooling from Mount Caramel Hoshiarpur and Sacred Heart, Dalhousie.
She completed her honours in Social Sciences from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar with gold medal and later did PG in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Talking to HT Rukmini Riar said “during my studies and growth, I noticed several things about governance which I thought should be changed and there was no other option but to join the civil services. I was determined, so I tried it and achieved it.”
“It was my first attempt and by the grace of God, I cleared it successfully," said the 24-year-old.
Rukmini chose Sociology and Political Science as her optional papers. “Being a student of social sciences and gold medallist since graduation, it was easy for me to prepare for both the subjects. My teachers at GNDU, Amritsar inspired me to join civil services after seeing my grip on the subjects,” she told.
“I did take coaching for Interview and Mains examination from a Delhi based institute to get more focused knowledge on the subjects concerned but overall, it was my habit of regularly updating myself from newspapers, journals and periodicals that helped me,” she said.
Talking about her future plans she said, “I wish I get a chance to serve Punjab because I have my roots in this state. I think, I can understand problems of the people of Punjab better but let’s see what materialises. I will be there for people, for country, wherever I join.”
“I was assured about my selection but being among top two, is really a pleasant surprise and rather a dream come true for me. Since afternoon, my phone hasn't stopped ringing and I am thanking people since then,” she said.
“I owe my success to my parents, who always stood by me, my friends and especially my teachers who guided me, shaped me and made me strong enough,” she said.
“Self study has been the key to her success and she was determined to join civil services that’s why she chose social sciences as her field of study,” said jubilant father Baljinder Pal Singh Riar.
“We too were assured about her success as she was determined and hardworking since the beginning. It is proud moment for all the family members but one thing, she must be missing for sure, she missed gold medal this time,” said Tadbir Riar, her housewife mother.
“Of all the qualities that shine through in this IAS topper is the character to never give in, she doesn't compromise on anything as far as studies are concerned and always stood by her convictions, however hard you argue. We like that in an IAS officer,'' said the proud father.