Women candidates create history in UPSC, bags top 4 ranks

New Delhi, May 30 (Agency) Top four rank holders in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services exam 2021 whose results declared on Monday, are women. Besides, the women have also secured 10 ranks among the top 25 candidates this year. Shruti Sharma, a resident of New Delhi has secured All India Rank (AIR) 1 in the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Sharma is followed by Ankita Agarwal, Gamini Singla, Aishwarya Verma getting second, third and fourth ranks, respectively. She natively belongs to Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh.

The topper is a resident of Delhi and alumnus of Delhi School of Economics (DSE) where she pursued her postgraduation. She had secured a seat in Jawahar Lal Nehru University but later dropped out to study at DSE. Sharma has done her graduation from Delhi University’s St. Stephens College and prepared for the Civil Services exam at Jamia Millia Islamia Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) where total 23 candidates qualified for civil services this year. A total of 685 candidates have been recommended for appointment by UPSC. These include 244 General, 73 Economically Weaker Sections, 203 Other Backward Classes, 105 Scheduled Caste and 60 Scheduled Tribes category candidates. Meanwhile, the results of 80 candidates are provisional and that of one is kept withheld.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated those who cleared the UPSC mains exam, and said they are joining the service when India is marking ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. “Congratulations to all those who have cleared the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021. My best wishes to these youngsters who are embarking on their administrative careers at an important time of India’s development journey, when we are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” the Prime Minister said. “I fully understand the disappointment of those who couldn’t clear the Civil Services Exam but I also know that these are outstanding youngsters who will make a mark in any field they pursue and make India proud. My best wishes to them,” he said. The UPSC examination is conducted every year in three stages – prelims, main and interview (personality test). Officers are selected for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other posts of Group A and B in the government.