Hyderabad, July 4: Ira Singhal, an IRS officer who has topped the prestigious civil services examination, says she hopes that her success will inspire people to have a different perspective when looking at girls, especially the differently-abled ones.
Singhal told a news agency: “I have been preparing for this since 2010. I think people will now have a different perspective when looking at girls, specially disabled girls.”
Renu Raj, a doctor from Kerala, who bagged the second position in the UPSC civil service exams, said she did not expect such a result in her very first attempt.
She said: “I am very surprised. I thought I will be somewhere in the list. This is my first experience. I was not well aware how good it would be. I thought I may need to write once again. So, I applied for this year’s exam also, I started preparations.”
Renu, who is a graduate in medicine, said that her ambition was to qualify in the Civil Services examinations. She also said that her family was very supportive and it was her parents who had motivated her since her school days.
The UPSC results this year have seen four women grab the top five spots. While Singhal topped the examination, candidates Renu Raj and Nidhi Gupta stood second and third respectively.
A total of 1,236 candidates have been recommended for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and central services in the results announced on Saturday afternoon. A total of 254 candidates have also been kept in a consolidated reserved list.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to the successful aspirants of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil service exams.
(With Agency Inputs)