Haritha V. Kumar, 1st rank, Woman tops civil services exam for 3rd year in row; First 2 ranks go to Kerala. For the third consecutive year, a woman has topped the prestigious Civil Services Examination. Haritha V. Kumar from Kerala, a probationer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) 2011 batch, has made it to the top slot of the coveted exam, according to the results declared on Friday by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The top position in General, Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) also been secured by women candidates.
Kumar, who is undergoing training at National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), holds a Bachelor of Technology (Electronics and Communication) degree from Kerala University.
Haritha 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 BTech degree holder. Haritha and two others - Sri Ram V (Rank 2) and Albi John Verghese (Rank 4) - from Kerala are among the top five in the Civil Services exam. The third rank was secured by Delhi girl Stuti Charan.
"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.
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Sri Ram Venkittaraman and Stuti Charan have bagged second and third positions respectively in the examination. Sri Ram, who has earned Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Kerala University, has achieved the distinction in his second attempt. 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.
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.