Haritha V Kumar, a B Tech from Kerala University, has bagged the All-India Rank 1 in the prestigious Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), making it the third consecutive year when a woman captured the top slot.
In a show of consistency, the Thiruvananthapuram resident achieved her dream of joining the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in her fourth and final attempt.
She is currently a probationer in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS)–2011 batch, and is undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad, Haryana.
Kerala dominated the list of top-five successful candidates with V Sriram and Alby John Verghese achieving second and fourth ranks respectively. A total of four candidates from Thiruvananthapuram have made it to the top-25 list.
As many as 12 from Delhi figured in the top-25 list. Stuti Charan, a science graduate from Jodhpur University and a post graduate diploma holder in personnel and marketing management from a private B-school, stood third after appearing in the exam from Delhi.
According to the results, in the top-25 list, there are candidates claiming domicile from as many as 12 states or Union territories namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
Among them, six made it to the merit list in their first attempt, nine in second attempt, eight in third, and one each in their fourth and sixth attempts.
Haritha Kumar said: “I am very happy. You know, nobody expects that one will get first rank. I thank God and parents. Special thanks to my teachers and friends. I could not clear the examination in my first attempt. I got 179th rank in the second attempt and got IRS. My rank dropped to 294 in the third attempt. I did not lose heart and my efforts have borne the fruits.”
Though an engineer, Kumar took Economics and Malayalam Literature as her optional subjects. “One’s life revolves around Economics so I took the subject. I took Malayalam as it is my mother tongue and also I have a special liking for the language since my childhood,” she said.
The 2012 results, declared here on Friday, indicated that it was essentially a women’s show. A total of 998 candidates have been selected for filling 180 vacancies in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), 30 in the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), 150 in the Indian Police Service (IPS), 630 Central Services Group ‘A’ and 101 Central Services Group ‘B’ vacancies across the country.
In Central Services Group “A”& “B”, 34 vacancies are meant for physically challenged candidates. Of the successful candidates, 753 were men and 245 women. A Total of 457 successful candidates including 23 physically challenged were from the General category, 295 including nine physically challenged from Other Backward Classes, 169 including two physically challenged from Scheduled Castes and 77 from Scheduled Tribes.
Over 2.71 lakh candidates appeared in the Civil Services (preliminary) examination, 2012. Of them, 13,092 qualified for the main examination held in October, 2012, of which 2,674 candidates were selected for the personality test conducted in March-April, 2013.