Shena Aggarwal tops UPSC civil services exams- 2011
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Two top slots in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examinations 2011 have been achieved by women candidates. According to the results announced on Friday, Shena Aggarwal, who holds a Bachelor of Medicine and
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, has topped the examination. Whereas, Rukmani Riar, a Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, has got second rank.
While the third position is bagged by Prince Dhawan, who had done Master of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2011 was conducted on June 12, 2011. As many as 4,72,290 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 2,43,003 wrote the test.
According to a release by the Department of Personnel and Training, 11,984 candidates were declared qualified for the main written examination held in October-November, 2011 out of which 2,417 candidates were selected for the personality test conducted in March-April, 2012.
Finally a total of 910 candidates -- 715 male and 195 female -- have been selected for appointments to various central services like the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
The list of selected candidates includes 420 General (including 21 physically challenged), 255 Other Backward Classes (including 8 physically challenged), 157 Scheduled Castes (including four physically challenged) and 78 Scheduled Tribes candidates among others, it said.
The result also showcases the pan-Indian distribution of successful candidates in the examination. Among the top 25 candidates, there are candidates claiming domicile from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
The top 25 candidates include alumni from some of the premier educational institutions of the country, including AIIMS, IIM and IITs. "An alumnus of London School of Economics also figures in the top 25," it said.
The family background of top 25 candidates show diverse representation from all walks of the life which include farmer, teacher, businessman, army personnel, low and middle level government servants, doctors, advocate, professor and civil servants.
Among them, six have made it to the merit lift in their first attempt; seven in second attempt; nine in third attempt; and one each in fourth, fifth and sixth attempts. As many as 12 have already been recommended to services other than IAS on the basis of Civil Services Examinations of previous years.Rank 1: Shena Aggarwal
Festivities broke out at her parents' Yamunanagar home as soon as the news of Shena's feat came on Friday. Her father Dr C.K. Aggarwal, a dentist, admitted they hadn't expected Shena to top the civil services exam.
"What can I say? We are delighted and humbled. She was always good at studies but topping such an exam was never expected," he said.
Currently training as an IRS probationer in Nagpur, Shena, whose optional subjects were medical science and psychology, had notched the 305th rank in the civil services exam last year.
Cracking tough exams comes naturally to her, it seems. She had topped the CBSE-PMT exam in 2004 and secured the second rank in the MBBS exam of AIIMS.
"She always dreamt of cracking the civil services. She has done all of us proud," her father said.
Shena's academic talent was apparent since her school days and she needed little prodding to excel in her studies.
She fetched over 95 per cent marks in Class X and over 92 per cent in Class XII.
The family's neighbour said: "We always encouraged our children to seek guidance from Shena. She wanted to make it big, so she set her goals and worked to achieve them."
- Kumar Rakesh