The Union Public Service Commission today declared the UPSC Civil Services Final Results 2018. While Kanishak Kataria, a B Tech from IIT Bombay, has topped the civil services final examinations, Srushti Jayant Deshmukh is the topper among women candidates securing an overall fifth rank.
Deshmukh, who will be the first civil servant in her family, is an M.Phil in chemical engineering. She said she had faith in herself and that helped her clear the prestigious examination in her first attempt. Daughter of an engineer father and a pre-school teacher mother, Srushti hails from Bhopal.
"I think it is the consistency and the faith in yourself that make one achieve all goals," she told PTI.
In an interview with ANI, Srushti said, ''UPSC exam is a long journey where you are committed for 1-1.5 years. My parents, family, friends & teachers supported me, so the credit goes to them. I had decided that my first attempt is my last attempt and I was determined to clear it in one attempt.''
Madhya Pradesh: Family of Srushti Jayant Deshmukh, all India rank 5 and topper among women candidates in #UPSC final exam, celebrate at their residence in Bhopal. This was her first attempt at taking the exam. She says, "It was my childhood dream." pic.twitter.com/z6iKGTsGF0— ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2019
The second rank holder Akshat Jain, an engineering graduate from IIT Guwahati, told PTI he was elated and one of the reasons why he appeared in the civil services examination was to serve the society.
Hailing from Jaipur, Akshit's father is an IPS officer while the mother is an Indian Revenue Service officer, who also motivated him to join the civil services.
A total of 759 candidates, comprising 577 men and 182 women, have been recommended for appointment to Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services, Group 'A' and Group 'B'.
The top 25 candidates have graduated in subjects like Engineering; Sciences; Economics; Law; Mathematics; History; Political Science; Public administration and Commerce from premier institutions of the country such as IITs, NIT, NLU, BITS Pilani, DU, Mumbai University, Anna University, Pune University.
(With inputs from PTI)