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Women topped the prestigious Civil Services Examination (CSE) for second year in a row. This year, the honour for the top slots went to Shena Aggarwal of Yamunanagar in Haryana and Rukmani Riar of Hoshiarpur in Punjab. Last year, the distinction had gone to Chennai-based law graduate S Divyadharshini, followed by computer engineer Sweta Mohanty from Hyderabad. The final result of the CSE, 2011 declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Friday, 4th May, 2012 shows that 19 out of top 25 are male candidates and six are female. One of the male candidates among the toppers is visually impaired.
Aggarwal, who holds a MBBS degree from the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national Capital, bagged the top rank in her third attempt at CSE, whereas second ranker Riar cracked the exam in her first attempt. Riar has done her MA (social entrepreneurship) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. The third position has gone to Prince Dhawan, who holds an M.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Dhawan also cleared the CSE in his first attempt. As many as 12 out of 25 toppers have been recommended to services other than IAS on CSE of previous years. Altogether, 910 candidates 715 males and 195 females have been selected against 1,001 vacancies. The ministry of personnel, in a statement, said: Vacancies unfilled presently are on account of 91 reserved community candidates qualifying on general standards. Depending on the options exercised by them finally, these vacancies will be filled by candidates recommended for the reserve list that is maintained by the Commission. The list of selected candidates includes 420 General (including 21 physically challenged), 255 Other Backward Classes (including eight physically challenged), 157 Scheduled Castes (including four physically challenged) and 78 Scheduled Tribes candidates among others.
Courtesy: Times of India
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