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Civil services results out, 3 Delhi women among top 4


New Delhi:  Ira Singhal, a physically handicapped IRS officer from Delhi, topped the Civil services examination in which the top four positions went to women.

29-year-old Singhal topped the exam in the general category followed by Renu Raj, a doctor from Kerala, and Nidhi Gupta, also an Indian Revenue Service officer from Delhi, who secured second and third positions respectively, according to the results announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today.

Vandana Rao, who is also from Delhi, has got fourth rank while Suharsha Bhagat, an IRS (Income Tax cadre) officer has got fifth position in the examination.

A total number of 1,236 candidates, including 590 in General category, 354 belonging to Other Backward Class, 194 from Scheduled Caste and 98 from Scheduled Tribe, have been recommended for appointment to various central government services, the UPSC said.

“I am really very happy. I can’t believe this. I just prepared for the examination. I want to be an IAS officer. I want to do something for the benefit of physically-handicapped people,” Ira told PTI.

Renu got the second rank in her first attempt. “I am extremely happy. I have been preparing for the exam for the last one year,” she said over phone from Thiruvananthapuram. She works in a hospital in Kollam in Kerala and hails from Kottayam.

Third rank holder Nidhi said it is a proud moment for her to get selected in the examination. “It is really a proud moment. I put in lot of hard work and finally it paid,” she said.

Nidhi is presently Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise.

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