2nd tier Ankita Agarwal says she would work for women empowerment

UPSC Civil Service Examination: The top 25 candidates include 15 men and 10 women.

New Delhi:

Ankita Agarwal, who got second place in the 2021 civil service exam, said on Monday that she would like to work for women empowerment and primary healthcare after joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

A Revenue Service Officer of India (Central Customs and Excise) in 2020, Ms. Agarwal is currently intern at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACIN) in Faridabad, Haryana.

“I am very happy to have obtained the second rank. I have opted for IAS and I would like to work for the sectors of women empowerment, primary health care and school education after joining service,” she told PTI by phone from the academy.

Ms Agarwal, from Kolkata, said she passed the exam on her third attempt. She was selected for the IRS on her first attempt.

On the women getting the top three ranks in the 2021 Civil Service Examination, the results of which were announced by the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) earlier today, Ankita Agarwal said, “ It is a great pride for me and for the whole country that the women obtained the first three places in the exam.” Shruti Sharma dominated the exam and Gamini Singla got third place.

Asked about her preparation and her success mantra, Ms Agarwal said: “I used to give as many hours as possible for exam preparation. Instead of putting in a set number of hours, I tried to maintain a sustainable study schedule.” Ankita Agarwal, a graduate in economics (Hons.) from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, had chosen political science and international relations as an optional subject.

A total of 685 candidates – 508 men and 177 women – passed the exam and they were recommended by the Commission for appointment to various central departments, the UPSC said.

The top 25 candidates include 15 men and 10 women.

The Civil Service Examination is held annually by the UPSC in three stages – Preliminary, Main and Interview – to select officers from the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service and Indian Police Service among others.

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