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Civil service Exam 2012 : General studies
get a makeover
Haritha tops Civil service Exam-
When told she had topped the civil services examination, Haritha V Kumar
thought her friends were pulling her leg. "I could not believe it was true," the
Indian Revenue Service probationer, who topped the Civil Service Examination
2012 on her fourth attempt, said.
Haritha Vijaya Kumar, a B Tech graduate
from Thiruvananthapuram emerged topper and list contained names of four
Malayalees among the top ten.
Haritha Vijaya Kumar is currently in
Faridabad as a part of a training for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Her
father, Vijaya Kumar told Manorama Online that Haritha was very much dedicated
to the Civil Services Examination from early days.
She had passed the preliminary examination in her first attempt, but missed
narrowly in the mains.In her second attempt she got 179th rank and opted for
IRS. The first rank came in her fourth attempt.
Shena Aggarwal tops UPSC civil services exams- 2011
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.
IAS First Rank
The results of Civil Service
exam 2010 declared. Chennai-based law graduate S Divyadharshini
topped the list, followed by Computer Engineer Sweta Mohanty from
Hyderabad. R V Varun Kumar, a Chennai-based dentist, got the third
rank, and also emerged as the topper among male candidates.
A total of 920 candidates made it
to the final list of selected candidates from the 5,47,698 who appeared for the
examination. The top 25 successful candidates include 20 men and five women. Of
the 25, 15 are engineers, five have medical science background and the others
belong commerce, management, humanities, science and social sciences streams.
Dr. Shah Faisal- Civil
Service Topper New Delhi, May 6 (PTI) A doctor from
Srinagar has topped the Civil Service Exams 2009 as 875 candidates qualified the
test conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the results of which
were announced today.
Shah Faesal, an MBBS degree holder from Srinagar, topped the prestigious
examination in his maiden attempt.
A total of 875 candidates, including 680 men and 195 women, have been
recommended for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and other central services, the
UPSC said in a statement.
A total of 4,09,110 candidates applied for the test while 1,93,091 appeared in
the preliminary examination. Of them, 12,026 candidates qualified for the main
written test while 2432 candidates were shortlisted for personality test which
was conducted in March and April, 2010.
Prakash Rajpurohit, a B Tech holder from IIT,
Delhi, came at the second spot, while Iva Sahay, MA (Geography) from JNU,
secured the third rank. While Rajpurohit made it in the second attempt, Sahay
got success in her first attempt.
The top 25 rank holders comprise 15 male
candidates and 10 female candidates, the UPSC said.
Who's Getting Into The Civil
- Less than 2 in 10 entrants were from a metro
or a state capital
- More than 5 were born in a tehsil or
- One out of four are kids of fathers who have
not studied beyond matriculation
- 4 in 10 were engineers, techies or medics
- New recruits are older. About 50% were
- 4 in 10 now sit for the exam in Hindi, but
English-types still have the upper hand
- 12 of top 50 rank-holders in the latest
(2006) civil services exam are OBCs
- 32.5 % of IAS officers inducted in the last
five years are OBCs
- Despite reservation, only a tiny fraction of
civil servants are first-generation learners
- More women are making it to the IAS
inspiring and incredible achievement
After 15 yrs of trying, deaf candidate gets into IAS
Sharma has won a 15-year-old battle for justice. On Thursday ( 8th October
2009 ), this deaf IAS candidate learnt he has made it to the Civil service. With
this, Maniram has not just won a personal battle but a milestone victory for
disabled persons like him who have been kept away from the premier government
Maniram's case has been highlighted by Times of India over the past couple
of years — how his efforts were thwarted on one ground or the other, till he
finally went through surgery to make his aided hearing so good that he gave his
IAS interview this time by the oral question-and-answer method. Despite this,
his induction into the service was just not happening. (
Read the story .... )
IAS TOPPER 2009- Civil
NEW DELHI: Perhaps for the first
time in the past 25 years, the top three ranks in the Civil
Services main examination – the results of which were declared
on Monday — have been secured by women candidates.
Young Shubhra Saxena has topped
the examination, followed by Sharandeep Kaur Brar and Kiran
Kaushal, who achieved the second and third position
Varinder Kumar Sharma, who
secured an all-India fourth rank, is the topper among the male
candidates. Varinder, who is a differently-abled candidate, has
cracked the prestigious exam in his first attempt.
The top 25 candidates include
15 males and 10 females. Of the first ten positions, four have
been secured by Delhi-based candidates and all of them have
preferred the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) over the other
Speaking to The
Hindu at her residence on Monday evening, Shubhra
Saxena said: “It is God’s grace that everything has worked out
perfect for me. You can just pray for such an achievement; you
never expect it. It has still not sunk in…..”
With subdued celebrations at
her suburban Indirapuram home in Ghaziabad nextdoor to Delhi,
Shubhra sought to underplay her huge achievement.
“I am no special. Last year I
attempted, but could not make it to the final list. It was very
painful. I believe if I can do it, then anyone can. Keep
believing in yourself and keep working hard,” she said.
The 30-year-old, who is
married, said she decided to go for the Civil Services because
she realised she wasn’t in a “position to make a substantial
contribution to society while working in the IT industry”.
Shubhra has done her schooling
from Jharkhand, studied B.Tech. at Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT), Roorkee. Her husband is also from the same
“There are a lot of problems
that our country is facing. I chose the IAS because it gives you
a multitude of options. Rural development is my first choice,”
said the topper who was born in Bareilly.
P. S. Ravindran, director of
Vajiram and Ravi institute for civil services examination, noted
that after 2003 this is the first time that the first rank has
been achieved by a candidate in her second attempt.
Interestingly, Shubhra and four other candidates to have made it
to the top ten ranks have been trained by this institute.
Kiran Kaushal, the third
ranker, is the first person to have taken the examination in the
Hindi medium and reached this high a rank.
Vijay Ketan Upadhyay, who
secured the fifth rank overall in his third attempt, said: “I
was expecting something within the first 200 ranks, but the
fifth position is really unbelievable! In fact, I had already
started preparing for the UPSC preliminary examination for this
year as I was desperate to clear it on my last attempt…..”
Vijay has studied Veterinary
Science at the Orissa Veterinary College.
An MBBS graduate from Maulana
Azad Medical College, Delhi, Yash Garg has achieved the sixth
all-India rank. Hailing from Sonepat in Haryana, Yash was clear
that he wanted to join the IAS since he dreamt of becoming a
“While working as a doctor in
the hospital, I realised I was only impacting an individual
patient. Through the IAS, I can impact a larger section of
people,” said Yash, who is currently working at Delhi’s Lok
Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Hospital.
Just like Shubhra, Delhi-based
Surya Pal Gangwar, who has achieved the eighth position, is also
from Bareilly. He went on to do his B.Tech. from IIT-Roorkee.
“This is my fifth attempt. I
was confident it would be something good, but did not imagine it
would be this good!” he said.
For someone who is married and
has a child, Surya said it was “good time management” that
helped him achieve his goal.
A graduate of Lady Shri Ram
College for Women, Delhiite Aditi Singh secured the 12th rank.
“My father and husband are IAS officers. I always dreamt of
becoming one. Focus and perseverance are the two key things
needed while preparing for the Civil Services,” she added.
(Women Candidate) UPSC 2009 Topper
Miss Shubhra Saxena (Roll No.159306),
has topped the Examination. She has done B.Tech from IIT, Roorkeee. She
attributed her feat to her "loving" parents and husband, saying they
"were very much supportive when I expressed my desire to appear for
civil services."Born in Uttar Pradesh's Bareli, Saxena had most of her
education in Jharkhand as her father was an engineer with Coal India.
"I always wanted to serve the people. My family sacrificed a lot. I had
to stay away from my husband and stay with my mom... they were very
helpful," the former IT professional said."I always had faith in
myself... so I won. Once a person understands the concept it is very
easy to crack the exam. And more important is the ability to believe in
yourself," she said.
Saxena said her husband was her "biggest supporter" in the past four
years while she was preparing for the civil services exam.This is her
Interview : UPSC topper Shubhra's Interview with
The topper of
the Civil Services examination, Shubra Saxena
credits hard work and God's grace for her win.
Shubhra Saxena spoke to CNN-IBN after her win.
Congratulations on your spectacular success.
Tell us, was it very hard to prepare for this
First of all, thank you. Regarding how hard it
was, yes, it was hard. Cracking the Civil
Services exam is a tough job. But then I think
that every aspirant is working very hard towards
it. So it is labour as well as God's grace that
has landed me at the top spot.
Shubhra, I am told that this is your second
attempt at the UPSC exam. What did you think
worked for you, went right for you during this
My first attempt was in a bit of haste. I was
working till the end of 2006 and I decided to
write my first Pre in 2007. So I think I did not
have much of a time to prepare.
Why did you try this exam when
you were already employed?
I think it was my dissatisfaction at whatever I
was doing and the motivation to do something for
the society that inspired me to write this exam.
What is your message now to
future Civil Services aspirants?
Well, work hard and
believe in yourself. Everything is possible. I
am not unique that I made it here. I am just a
part of the crowd. Last year I did not even make
it. If you work hard, anything is possible.
Thank you for speaking to CNN-IBN
Article : UPSC
topper wants to serve
Girls have bagged the
top three ranks in the
Examination 2008 with
Noida's Shubhra Saxena
topping the test,
results for which were
declared in New Delhi on
Brar has been
secured the third
was the urge to serve
the country's rural
population that made
Saxena to quit her
well-paid IT job four
years back and prepare
for civil service
is a very good feeling.
Every person achieves
victory on their own
pace," an elated Saxena
said, minutes after the
news trickled in that
she topped the 2008
attributed her feat to
her "loving" parents and
husband, saying they
"were very much
supportive when I
expressed my desire to
appear for civil
software engineer, an
alumnus of IIT-Rourkee,
said she quit her
well-paid IT job as she
always had a urge to
serve the rural
population, who are
deprived of even basic
facilities such as
education and drinking
wasn't able to serve the
people when I was in the
IT field. So, I decided
to quit and appear for
who cleared the
examination in her
second attempt, said.
empowering the rural
masses and providing
education to them."
in Uttar Pradesh's
Bareilly, Saxena had
most of her education in
Jharkhand as her father
was an engineer with
total of 791 candidates
have cracked the exam
for which written test
was conducted in
year and the interview
for personality test was
held in March-April this
year, the UPSC said.
candidates, who have
been recommended for
appointment, include 364
from general category,
236 from OBC, 130 from
SC and 61 from ST group.
topper Shubhra Saxena
has done her B Tech from
IIT Roorkee. This was
her second attempt.
Second topper Sharandeep
Kaur has done her MA
from Punjab University.
top 25 candidates
included 10 women. While
12 of them are from
Humanities, Science and
Social Sciences, nine
candidates are from
streams of Engineering
and four from Medical
total of 3,18,843
candidates applied for
the examination, while
1,67,035 appeared for
examination. Of them
11,849 qualified for the
Mains but only 2,140
could make it to the
with IAS Topper
Sorabh Babu Maheshwari (23) achieved 1st position among the
successful candidates of the Civil Services Examination, 1999-2000. He has
done B.E. (Mech.)
" Planned Studies,
Hard Work and INNER motivation are the Keys to Success "
We publish below an
exclusive interview he gave to Competition Success Review.
CSR: What is the secret of your success in the Civil Services Examination?
Sorabh Babu Maheshwari :
There are myriad of factors responsible; to sum up God's grace, family's
support and encouragement, planned studies, hard work, inner motivation can be
cited as the main factors.
Q. How much time do you
think one requires for serious preparation for this examination ?
A. Atleast one year of
serious dedicated preparation.
Q. Which journals and
newspapers have you been reading for the General Knowledge and other papers ?
A. Competition Success
Review, General Knowledge Today, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, Frontline and
a regular reader of India Today
Q.What is your impression
of the Interview Board ?
A, Questions posed before a
candidate are very well framed and answers to them should be made taking into
consideration all possible views and a balanced approach is expected from a
Q. What is your advice to
the future aspirants ?
A. The path towards this
coveted service passes through many ups and downs. To carry oneself along
these pulls and pushes requires strong inner motivation and decision to aspire
for Civil Services should come from within.
Q . Competition Success
Review, the largest selling youth magazine in English, has been extremely
A. ...it helped in
providing ready, easy-to-use material thus saving time. Topics, which are
unique to this magazine e.g.,IAS Topper Talks To You, Essays, Personality.
Tests proved extremely helpful while preparing as they give good insight into
Q. What prompted you to
choose Civil Services as your career?
A. the unique blend of
service opportunities which Civil Services offers. Diversity of job, being a
party in policy implementation, bigger responsibilities, social esteem and
to do good to common masses were some factors which made me to go in for Civil
Q. How did your parents,
family and friends contribute to your success ?
A. A larger part of success
is attributable to them. Without the constant support, encouragement and boost
up by family members and friends at times, this day was not possible.
Q. Had you not been
selected in the Civil Services Examination, what would have been your reaction
? Which other service career would you have gone in-opted for?
A.This year. I did well in Written Exam ,and
Interview and was confident of getting good rank. In adverse situation of not
getting selected, though sad I would have gone for another attempt after
finding out my lacunae.
Q. How would you visualise
your success ?
A. Combined effort of
everything went in my favour. I dedicate my success to my parents and elder
brother and now find myself at a platform with even bigger responsibilities
and challenges as never before.
Q Whom do you attribute
your success to ?
A. To my eldest brother
especially who has been a constant source of motivation throughout my life span.
Without whose support, I could not have achieved this.
Q. What Were your Optionals
for the Civil Services Examination ?
A. Mathematics for Prelims;
Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering for Mains.
Q. What was your criterion
for the selection of Optional subjects ?
A. Having studied Mechanical
Engg. in my graduation for 4 years, I found it a natural choice and I felt
quite comfortable with Mathematics.
Q. How did you prepare for
your Compulsory papers?
A. I made a list of topics
to be read, then gave them a priority based on their importance and started
from the top giving due time to each of them. This approach was mandatorv for
me as I am already in job and did not have ample time.
Q. Competition Success
Review is the largest read youth magazine in English. How do you visualise the
role of this magazine in moulding the careers of the youth ?
A. Since my childhood,
Civil Services ,specific issues particularly the column of 'IAS Toppers Talk
To You' inspired me a lot to go for Civil Services as my career.
Q. How did Competition
Succeess Review help you in your preparation
for the interview?
A. Supplements like 'My
Personality Test', 'Facing The Interview Board', 'Improve Your Personality'
and 'Group Discussion' give quite an original view of the personality test and
help us in assessing our deficiencies beforehand and taking corrective
Q. What is your opinion
about Competition Success Review?
A. Competition Success Review
is indispensable for aspirants to Civil Services and other competitive exams.
It is helping, candidates a lot. It is a part of study material.
Q. What is your opinion
about General Knowledge Today?
A. More information ' i
less space is the buzzword for General Know1cdgr Today. It provides quite
handy, ready-to-use facts, database and information and as such is quite
useful during revision hours.
Q. What do you think is the
better way of preparation between selective, intensive study and wide,
extensive study ?
A. Wide extensive study
should be followed by selective intensive study.
Q. Is the pattern of the
examination appropriate for selection ? Would you recommend any improvement?
A. By and large, the
pattern of examination is good. Efforts, however,
should be made to reduce the shell time
of the whole process in line with other exams.
Q. Do you feel that there
should be no restriction on the number of attempts ?
A. Current policy of
restricting attempts checks non-serious candidates and prevents flooding up of
the exam. This should continue. ,
Q. With the resumption of
Essay paper in UPSC examinations, we are giving four senior essays every
month. Is this focusoriented, analytical, feature helpful for the TAS
A. Definitely yes. Best way
to prepare for Essay paper is through careful reading of these well-crafted
essays by top slot authors. It sharpens the writing ability and boosts
Q. How do you think
Competition Success Review could be more useful to the candidates appearing in
the Civil Services and various other competitive examinations ?
A. At present, it focusses
only on General Studies aspects. Recent trends and practices in various
Optionals should be published to make candidates more aware. Some more model
question papers should
also be given.
( Courtesy: Competition
Success Review. )
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