Union Public Service Examination (UPSC) result of the year 2019 has been declared. Pratibha Verma has emerged as the topper among the women candidates. Pratibha has secured third All India Rank in the examination while the overall topper is Pradeep Singh from Haryana followed by Jatin Kishore. Three women candidates have cracked the top ten list of rank holders. While Pratibha Verma secured the third position, Vishakha Yadav and Sanjita Mohapatra secured the sixth and the tenth rank respectively.
The Union Public Service Commission declared the result on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. The written examination was conducted on September 2019 while the interview was held from February to August of the year 2020. Based on these examinations, a total of 829 candidates have been shortlisted for the appointment in the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services, Group A and Group B post. Out of these appointed candidates, 150 are women.
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Moreover, among the selected candidates, 304 are from general category, 74 from the economically weaker section, 251 from other backward classes, 129 from Scheduled caste and 67 from Scheduled tribes.
UPSC Women Toppers Over Past Few Years
In the year 2018-19, Srushti Jayant Deshmukh from Madhya Pradesh emerged as the topper among women candidates. She secured fifth All India Rank in her first attempt.
In the year 2018, a young mother Anu Kumari from Haryana was the topper among women candidates of UPSC examination. She secured second All India Rank in her second attempt. Reportedly, she was the mother of a four-year-old child. In order to focus on her exams completely, she reluctantly separated herself from her child and lived with her aunt in a village.
In three consecutive years, from 2015 to 2017, women candidates emerged as overall the topper of the UPSC examinations. Ira Singhal became the topper of the UPSC exam in the session 2014-2015. She was the first woman with a disability to obtain maximum marks in the general category.
In the year 2015-16, Tina Dabi emerged as the overall topper. She was the first Dalit girl to top a UPSC examination. She has won accolades for leading the coronavirus battle in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara. Being the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Rajasthan’s Bhilwara since 2018, she was one of the leading teammates behind the ruthless containment model of Bhilwara. Read the report in detail here.
Lastly, in the year 2016-17, Nandini KR from Karnataka secured the first All India Rank in UPSC Examinations 2017. Hailing from a small town in Karnataka, she was the first in her family to become an IAS officer. Moreover, in the same year, Vaishali Sharma, with 80% hearing impairment, topped the exam in 2017 in the physical disability category.
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