The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination result has been declared and several women candidates have come out with flying colours. A UPSC statement said a total of 829 candidates (of 150 are women) have been recommended by the Commission for appointment to various all-India services like IAS and IPS. Here is a list of success stories of this year’s women candidates:

Purana Sunthari: The visually impaired candidate from Madurai

UPSC civil services exams weren’t that tough to crack for Purana Sunthari, a resident of Madurai who is visually impaired. The 25-year-old has secured 286th All India Rank, says that this was her fourth attempt at the exam, and that she is “over the moon now.”

Purana, wanted to become an IAS officer since she was in Class 11. “I want to serve in areas such as Education, Health and Women Empowerment,” Purana told The New Indian Express. “I would not get all the study materials in audio format. So, my parents would read books for me day and night, and my friends helped convert a few books into audio format. They would even find helpful material and subscribe to it for me. It is all of them, who has now made me an IAS officer,” said Purana.

Former model Aishwarya Sheoran

Another inspiring woman candidate who has been in the news is Aishwarya Sheoran, a former Miss India finalist. It was her dream to become an IAS officer and now she has qualified for the position after securing 93rd rank.

“My mother named me Aishwarya after Aishwarya Rai because she wanted me to become Miss India, and I was eventually chosen in the top 21 finalists for Miss India,” said Aishwarya said to Times Now. At 18, she was a Femina Miss India 2016 finalist.

Daughter of Colonel Ajay Kumar, the Commanding Officer of NCC Telangana Battalion, Karimnagar, further said, “I thought I should try for civil services for diversity in the family and the ultimate idea is to serve the nation. In the army, there are opportunities for women to grow, but it is still very limited. In civil services, there is no limit to what a woman can achieve.”

Also Read: 5 UPSC Toppers You Should Look Up To For Inspiration

Nadia Beig, Youngest to crack the Civil Services Exam

From Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Nadia Beig, 23, cracked UPSC exam on her second attempt. “I appeared for the exam in 2018 first. I had full preparation but was unable to crack even the preliminary. It was the first time that I was appearing for a national level entrance exam of such high competency. I was not confident despite devoting day and night to my studies. This year, I had worked on my weaknesses,” said Nadia who has secured 350th rank, Indian Express reported.

She moved to Delhi to pursue an undergraduate course in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia. “There is additional pressure on girls. Every human being has potential regardless of gender. Girls should be given the freedom to explore their potential and decide when they want to marry or which dreams they want to follow. No one should be made to feel lesser because of their gender,” she hailed.

Vishakha Yadav and Navneet Mann: Daughters of Delhi Police Officials

Two daughters of Delhi Police officers, Vishakha Yadav and Navneet Mann, have secured rank sixth and 33rd respectively in the UPSC Civil Services Exams. Vishakha is the daughter of Delhi Police Assistant Sub Inspector Rajkumar Yadav and Navneet is the daughter of a Delhi Police inspector Sukhdev Singh Mann.

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal also congratulated them both on Twitter on the successful attempt.

Safna Nazarudeen

An Economics graduate, 23-year-old Safna Nazarudeen has secured 45th rank in her first attempt. This Peyad native wanted to become an IAS officer since she was in school. “We come across many issues when we study Social Science. We get to know more about India, different ethnic groups and the problems they face. I always wanted to work towards bringing a change. I guess it has all fallen in place now,” expressed Safna, TNIE reported.

Ruchi Bindal

Malviya Nagar resident Ruchi Bindal has secured an all-India rank of 39. She has emerged as the best performer among the 30 students who appeared from the Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) of the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).

She said that her main focus is to “work for women and child, and their rights. I believe that transgenders are one of the most oppressed communities in our society, with no family and social support. They are not even accepted by their parents and other family members,” TNIE reported.

Pratibha Verma

The toppers this year are Pradeep Singh, Jatin Kishore and Pratibha Verma. Read about her achievement here

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