Women have picked the top ranks in the Civil Services examination to select IAS and IPS officers in the country. Ira Singhal has topped the examination followed by Renu Raj and Nidhi Gupta, who have secured second and third positions respectively, according to the results announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Saturday. [Pic by Upsc.co.in]


Ira and Nidhi belong to Delhi and are Indian Revenue Service officers whereas. Renu Raj is a doctor by profession. In an interview to PTI Ira said, “I can’t believe this. I just prepared for the examination.”


Ira is physically challenged and this achievement makes her want to do more of those born with disability. “I want to be an IAS officer. I want to do something for the benefit of physically-handicapped people,” she to PTI.


Renu Raj, who works in a hospital in Kollam in Kerala, hails from Kottayam. Third rank holder Nidhi said it is a proud moment for her to get selected in the examination.


The civil services preliminary examination was conducted on August 24 last year at 2,137 venues in 59 centres across the country. About 9.45 lakh candidates had applied for it but approximately 4.51 lakh appeared for the examination.


Altogether, 1,364 posts are to be filled through the examination.