Four of five toppers in the prestigious civil services examination announced today by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) are women. The top four rank holders are Ira Singhal, Renu Raj, Nidhi Gupta and Vandana Rao. (Image courtesy UPSC and NDTV)
Interestingly, the top male candidate Suharsha Bhagat is ranked at 5. This is the first time UPSC has announced the results for the exams within four days of the last date for personality tests or interviews. Ira Singhal, who hails from Delhi, has topped the examination.
The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC in three stages: preliminary, mains and interviews. From here, candidates are selected for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), along with others.
The preliminary examination was conducted on August 24 last year at 2,137 venues in 59 centres across the country. While 9.45 lakh candidates had applied, only approximately 4.51 lakh appeared for the examination.
For the mains examination, 16933 candidates were selected out of which 16, 286 appeared for it.
“The result of civil services main examination was declared on March 13 this year. 3,308 candidates were declared qualified for the personality test,” an official said, adding that 3,303 out of them appeared for the test, carried out from April 27 to June 30.
“In terms of the number of candidates and number of centres or sub-centres, this was the biggest examination ever conducted by the Commission,” the official added.
This year, a total of 1,364 posts will be filled through the prestigious examination.