Kerala girl emerges topper in Civil Services Exam-2012


New Delhi, May 3: Haritha V Kumar, who emerged topper in the All-India Civil Services Examination, initially did not believe it was true as she thought her friends had played a prank.
 "I did not believe that I got the first rank. My friends told me that I am the topper but I refused to believe. They dragged me and showed it to me on Internet and then only I believed them," Haritha, a B Tech degree holder, told PTI.
 Haritha, 27, and two others -- Sriram V (Rank 2) and Albi John Verghese (Rank 4) -- from Kerala are among the top five in the Civil Services exam for which the results were announced today. The third rank was secured by Stuti Charan.
 Haritha, who hails from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, is at presently working as a probationer of Indian Revenue Services (IRS) undergoing training in National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) in Faridabad.
 "I am very happy and you know nobody expects that one will get first rank. I thank God and parents. Special thanks to my teachers and friends," said Haritha, for whom getting a rank in academics is nothing new as she had earlier ranked seventh in Class X in Kerala.
 This was the fourth time she appeared for the Civil Services exam and had previously ranked 179 and 294.
 "I did not clear the exams first time. I got 179th rank in the second attempt and got IRS. But last year my rank dropped to 294. I did not lose heart and my efforts have borne fruit," she said.
 Haritha, who has studied engineering, chose economics and Malayalam as her main subjects for the top most exam in the country.
 "One's life revolves around economics. For any problem, you can find that the root cause in economics. Malayalam is my mother tongue and from my childhood I have a special liking for Malayalam".
 It is after two decades that a candidate from Kerala has emerged topper in the All-India Civil Services Examination.
 V Sriram and Stuti Charan have bagged second and third positions respectively in the examination.
 Sriram, who has earned Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Kerala University, has achieved the distinction in his second attempt.
 Stuti Charan appeared for the exams in Delhi. This was her third attempt.
 She has completed BSc from Jodhpur University and PG Diploma in Personnel and Marketing Management from IIPM here.
 Charan has done Bachelor of Science from Jodhpur University and Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Marketing Management from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Delhi. It was her third attempt.
 Tejaswani Gautam, a resident of west Delhi's Janakpuri, ranked 163rd in the list. "It has not sunk in yet. I am really happy. I hope I will get into IPS," Tejaswani, a graduate from Lady Sriram College and now pursuing law from DU, said.
 Shena Aggarwal, an MBBS from the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), had bagged the top slot in the civil services examination 2011, while Chennai-based law graduate S Divyadharshini topped the list in the 2010 exams.
 As many as 998 candidates -- 753 male and 245 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, according to a release by the Department of Personnel and Training.
 Of these 998 successful candidates, 457 are in General (including 23 physically challenged) category, 295 Other Backward Classes (including nine Physically challenged), 169 Scheduled Castes (including two physically challenged) and 77 Scheduled Tribes.
 There were 1,091 advertised vacancies -- 550 General, 295 Other Backward Classes, 169 Scheduled Castes and 77 Scheduled Tribes-- for Civil Service Examination 2012.
 The result also showcases the pan-India distribution of successful candidates of this examination.
 "Among the top 25 candidates, there are candidates claiming domicile from as many as 12 states or Union territories i.E. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh," it said.
 The family background of top 25 candidates shows diverse representation from all walks of life with their parents being farmer, teacher, businessman, government servant, doctor, advocate, professor and civil servant.
 Among the top 25 candidates, six have made it to the merit list in their first attempt; nine in second attempt; eight in third; and one each in their 4th & 6th attempts.
 As many as four have already been recommended to services other than IAS on the basis of Civil Services Examinations of previous years, it said.
 Of the top 25 candidates, 12 appeared from Delhi; four from Thiruvanathapuram, two each from Chennai and Hyderabad; and one each from Jammu, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chandigarh and Allahabad centres.
 The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2012 was conducted on May 20, 2012. A record number of 5,36,506 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 2,71,422 candidates have actually appeared.
 A total of 13,092 of these candidates were declared qualified for the main written examination held in October, 2012 out of which 2,674 candidates were selected for the personality test conducted in March-April, 2013.
 UPSC, which conducts the examination, has opened a 'Facilitation Counter' near the Examination Hall Building in its campus.
 Candidates can obtain any information or clarification regarding their examinations on the working days between 10 am -5 pm in person or over telephone nos 011- 23385271, 23381125, 23098543.
 Results will also be available on the UPSC's Website (http//www.Upsc.Gov.In.).
 "However, marks are likely to be available on the website within 15 days from the date of declaration of results", the release said.

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