Haryana farmer’s son tops UPSC; 2 from Delhi in top 5

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - Deek­sha Bhard­waj let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

NEW DELHI: Three serv­ing civil ser­vices of­fi­cers topped the pres­ti­gious Union Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion ex­am­i­na­tion 2019, which se­lects peo­ple to join the In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice, In­dian For­eign Ser­vice, In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice, In­dian Rev­enue Ser­vice and other civil ser­vices af­ter three gru­elling rounds of as­sess­ment.

There are 13 men and 12 women in the top 25.

In­dian Rev­enue Ser­vices of­fi­cer (2019 batch) Pradeep Singh, 29, from Haryana’s Soni­pat has topped the list, and will opt for the IAS. Singh, a farmer’s son, is cur­rently un­der­go­ing train­ing at the Na­tional Academy of Cus­toms, Indi­rect Taxes and Nar­cotics in Farid­abad.

All told, 829 stu­dents have cleared the ex­am­i­na­tion in 2019-20 and will now head to the Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri Na­tional Academy of Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Mus­soorie, Ut­tarak­hand, where they will spend over four months for a foun­da­tion course train­ing them to be of­fi­cers in var­i­ous arms of the gov­ern­ment. Those se­lected for IAS will spend well over a year with the in­sti­tute, trav­el­ling and at­tend­ing lec­tures be­fore head­ing for their dis­trict train­ing, while those se­lected in other streams such as the In­dian For­eign Ser­vice and the In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice will move to other spe­cialised in­sti­tutes for train­ing af­ter four months.

Jatin Kishore, 26, se­cured the sec­ond po­si­tion. He is from Delhi and a mem­ber of the In­dian Eco­nomic Ser­vice (2018 batch); he is cur­rently posted as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor in the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry.

Prat­i­bha Verma, also an IRS of­fi­cer from Sul­tan­pur, Ut­tar Pradesh, has se­cured the third rank. She too wants to join the IAS.

It is com­mon for can­di­dates

who clear the exam but do not get their de­sired stream to ap­pear again for it in an ef­fort to im­prove their rank. Verma, for in­stance, was ranked 489 in the 2018 ex­am­i­na­tion (the re­sults of which came out in 2019).

The pre­lim­i­nary and main ex­am­i­na­tions were held in June and Septem­ber last year, re­spec­tively. Af­ter the can­di­dates cleared the ex­ams, some ap­peared for in­ter­views in March, but due to the Covid-19 pan­demic and the sub­se­quent na­tion­wide lock­down im­posed on March 24, UPSC de­cided to resched­ule the in­ter­views and med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions from July 21 to Au­gust 4.

Last year, 759 can­di­dates cleared the UPSC exam.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi also reached out to all the as­pi­rants who did not get the “de­sired re­sult” in this year’s exam.

“For those young­sters who did not get the de­sired re­sult in the Civil Ser­vices Ex­am­i­na­tion, 2019, I would like to tell them — life is full of sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties. Each and every one of you is hard­work­ing and dili­gent. Best wishes for all your fu­ture en­deav­ours,” Modi tweeted.

This year 304 stu­dents from the gen­eral cat­e­gory cleared the exam, as did 78 from the Eco­nom­i­cally Weaker Sec­tion (EWS), 251 from Other Back­ward Classed, 129 from Sched­uled Castes and 67 from Sched­uled Tribes, ac­cord­ing to UPSC. The can­di­da­ture of 66 can­di­dates is pro­vi­sional and that of 11 has been with­held.

Ac­cord­ing to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­leased by the gov­ern­ment, there are a to­tal of 927 va­can­cies that need to be filled. There are 180 va­can­cies for the IAS, of which 72 are for those from the gen­eral cat­e­gory, 18 from EWS, 52 for OBC, 25 for SC and 13 for ST cat­e­gories.

The For­eign Ser­vice has 24 va­can­cies, with 12 for gen­eral cat­e­gory as­pi­rants, two for EWS, six for OBC; three for SC and one for ST cat­e­gory as­pi­rants.

There are 150 va­can­cies in the IPS — 60 for gen­eral cat­e­gory, 15 for EWS, 42 for OBC; 23 for SC and 10 for ST.

“I was quite con­fi­dent I would get through, but I never ex­pected the first rank,” Singh told Hin­dus­tan Times. “This is un­be­liev­able, my par­ents are ec­static.”

Kishore told news agency PTI that he hoped to work in the area of ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment.

“I’m shocked and su­per ex­cited,” said Verma. “I have not been able to put down my phone and my fam­ily is pour­ing in from all over to con­grat­u­late me. This was very un­ex­pected.”

Verma is the daugh­ter of teach­ers (her fa­ther re­tired re­cently and her mother con­tin­ues to teach pri­mary school) .

Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri Na­tional Academy of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (LBSNAA) di­rec­tor Sanjeev Cho­pra wel­comed the in­com­ing batch. “The academy looks for­ward to wel­com­ing all who have joined the civil ser­vants fam­ily,” said Cho­pra. “We are hop­ing to start our foun­da­tion course as early as pos­si­ble, keep­ing in mind the state’s Covid-19 guide­lines.”

Top­per Pradeep Singh

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