27 September 2023

INDIA: Women sweep top spots in UPSC exam

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Women have dominated India’s Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, taking the top four positions in the 2022 intake.

Results also showed that 12 of the top 20 positions in the prestigious examination were secured by women.

Ishita Kishore (26), a resident of Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, said she was “overjoyed” to finish in first place.

She said this was her third attempt at the examination, and the first time she had got beyond the preliminary round.

The daughter of a former Air Force Officer, Ms Kishore (pictured) credited her success to the unconditional support of her family.

“I worked as an adviser at a multinational firm for two years before deciding to try for the Civil Service,” Ms Kishore said.

“The corporate sector has many opportunities, but ultimately, I realised that my passion lies in public service. I am looking forward to working with my team and contributing to the greater development of the nation.”

Garima Lohia (24), from Bihar, was in second place.

“Initially, my interest was not directed towards the Civil Service, but during the pandemic I became was convinced that I want to join it and made up my mind to clear the UPSC exam,” Ms Lohia said.

Uma Harathi (28), from Telangana and Smriti Mishra (24), from Uttar Pradesh secured the third and fourth ranks, respectively.

Among the top 20 is Anoushka Sharma (25), who moved back to India from the United States to prepare for the examination.

“I put in 14-to-15 hours a day. I now desire to work for the Indian Administrative Service in order to contribute to India’s success story,” Ms Sharma said.

The UPSC conducts the annual Civil Service examination for appointments to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other Central Services.

A total of 933 candidates have been recommended for appointments.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi congratulated the successful applicants and offered encouragement to those who couldn’t clear the examination.

“Congratulations to those youngsters who have cleared the Civil Services Exam. My best wishes for a fruitful and satisfying career ahead. This is a very exciting time to be serving the nation and bringing a positive difference in the lives of people,” Mr Modi said.

“I understand the disappointment of those who couldn’t clear the exams. Not only will there be more attempts to avail, but also India offers several diverse opportunities to showcase your skills and strengths. Wishing you the very best.”

New Delhi, 27 May 2023

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