it the triumph of girl power if you will. The top two ranks in the 2011 civil
services examination have been secured by women. And they have diverse
backgrounds. While the first one is a law graduate from a middle-class family,
the second is the daughter of an IAS officer who is also married to one.
The topper's list also has engineers and doctors who
shared the common passion for cracking what is arguably the toughest entrance
exam in the country.
1st S. Divyadarshini
The Chennai law graduate, who took the exam after enrolling
in the high court, aced it in her second attempt. "The feeling is yet to sink
in.... I want to work for society and fight corruption," the daughter of a tax
consultant said from her modest apartment in Chennai's Nungambakkam.
2nd Swetha Mohanty
This techie from Hyderabad has followed in her father's
footsteps. Swetha, who is a BTech in Computer Sciences and Information
Technology from Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology under
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, is the daughter of P.K.
Mohanty, a 1979-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre. Swetha bagged the
rank in her third attempt.
3rd R.V. Varun Kumar
This Bachelor in Dental Surgery also took his civil services
exams from Chennai. Originally from Tiruchirapalli, the son of a doctor was
candid enough to admit that he hadn't excelled in studies. But he believed the
strong foundation the Campion School had provided in his home-town, stood him in
good stead for the exams. He sought to travel on a path different from his
father. Instead of starting his private practice, he aspired to be an IAS
4th Abhiram G. Shankar
This engineering graduate from Attingal in Kerala always
wanted to be an IAS officer. Therefore, immediately after his bachelors in
Computer Science from Kollam in Kerala, he enrolled in a coaching centre for IAS
aspirants in Chennai. And he aced the examination in his very first attempt.
21st Aditya Dahiya
This medical graduate seems set to effortlessly step out from
the hospital ward to the bureaucrat's office. Securing the 21st rank in the 2011
civil services examination, this doctor from the All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS) has topped the civil services list in Delhi. And he did it in
his first attempt. But topping entrance exams is nothing new for this
23-year-old. Aditya had topped the All India Pre-Medical Test, conducted by the
CBSE, in 2005.