As many as 1,122 candidates have been recommended for appointment in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services on the basis of the Civil Services Examination, 2013, said a release issued by the Ministry of Personnel.This is the highest intake of civil servants through this examination, nearly double the 580 civil servants recruited in 2009. An additional 210 candidates have been placed in the reserve list.
There are 15 males and 10 females in top 25 positions. Among the top 25 candidates, 24 took the examination in English and one in Kannada medium.
In terms of educational qualifications, engineering and medical graduates dominated the top 25 positions, with 9 from engineering background, 3 from medical sciences, 4 from the sciences and 9 belonging to commerce, humanities and other social sciences background.
Of the 1,122 candidates whose names have been recommended for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and other central services, 861 are men and 261 women. The list includes 15 orthopaedically-challenged, 7 visually challenged and 8 hearing impaired candidates.
An analysis of the 25 top-ranking candidates confirms that male candidates have an edge, with 15 of them having cracked the civil services, the 10 women in the list show that the fairer sex is not too far behind. While 5 of the 25 toppers made to the merit list in their first attempt, 11 shone in their second attempt, 7 in third and 2 in the fourth attempt..
The result also showcases the pan-India distribution of successful candidates. Among the top 25, there are candidates claiming domicile from as many as 11 states or union territories: Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, it said.
Of these, 20 appeared for the examination from Delhi; two from Jaipur and one each from Lucknow, Bangalore and Chandigarh centres.
While 517 candidates have cleared the examination in the general category, 326 belong to Other Backward Classes, 187 Scheduled Caste and 92 Scheduled Tribe categories.
As many as 180 candidates have made it to the highly-coveted IAS, while 32 to Indian Foreign Services and 150 to Indian Police Service. The maximum (710) number of candidates has been selected for Central Services Group 'A' and the rest (156) to Group 'B' Services.
The civil services (preliminary) examination was held on May 26, 2013. A total of 776,565 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 323,949 candidates actually appeared and 14,959 candidates were declared qualified for appearance in the mains examination.
The mains exam was held in December, 2013 and based on their performance, 3,003 candidates were shortlisted for the personality test which was conducted in April-June.
1st Rank :
For the first time in four years, a male candidate has topped the prestigious civil services examination 2013
Jaipur's Gaurav Agrawal has got the first rank in the exam with Economics as his optional subject. He holds Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.This was his second attempt.
Agrawal, selected for IPS in his first attempt at Civil Services Examination, is currently undergoing training at the Sardar Vallabbhai National Police Academy in Hyderabad. He appeared for the exam from Jaipur.
Agrawal, who earlier worked as an investment banker with Citigroup in Hong Kong, credited his family and his near and dear ones for his success. "I used to study for 10-12 hours for my last exams. For 2013 Civil Services, I studied for about 6-8 hours," he was quoted by PTI as saying.
A strong believer in hard work, he chose history and economics as optional subjects last year though he had no background of history. This year his optional was economics.
"I had interest in studies from the beginning. I always loved reading and writing," Gaurav said. He, however, admitted that he had slipped after making it to IIT. "I had failed and my degree had to be extended. This was a lesson for me. I then started focusing on studies," he said.
Gaurav has a message for youngsters: "One should identify one's weaknesses and overcome them because there is a general tendency to negate the shortcomings. We should continuously think of improving."
He also wants students not to become arrogant on small achievements. "We should strive for our ultimate goal. Hard work is the only way. The results will come automatically," he said.
2nd Rank :
The second rank has gone to Munish Sharma, a BSc in bio-chemistry from Sri Venkateswara College,New Delhi. He got through the exam in second attempt.Second-rank holder Munish Sharma, when contacted by TOI, said he was indebted to his mother for her "single-handed effort" in supporting his dreams. Sharma lost his father when he was in Class XII.
Topper among female candidates :
Bharti Dixit is the topper among female candidates. She has secured fifth rank. She has done Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi. This was her first attempt.Having cracked the exam in her very first attempt, Dixit said she relied on government websites and newspapers more than prepared study material. "I was already working as a doctor... so I could just manage four to six hours a day of preparation," she said, adding that she hoped to apply her knowledge of medicine to addressing the needs of the health sector.