an all-India topper and three other candidates from Tamil Nadu making it to the
top 10 list, it was sure the State’s proudest moment on Wednesday after the
results of the UPSC exams 2010 were declared.
Touted to be the most prestigious, the UPSC exam results saw S Divyadharshini, a
law graduate from Chennai, topping the list this year in her second attempt.
About 86 candidates from Tamil Nadu made it to the list among the 920, selected
all over India for the Central services. The number of successful candidates
from TN has, however, come down from 127 last year. “TN grabbing four ranks in
the top 10 is a big deal even though the number of students who cleared the
examination has come down,” said a training centre head.
A total of 5,47,698 candidates applied for the examination of whom 2,69,036
appeared for the prelims in May last year. Of them, 12,491 qualified for the
main written examination held in October last year, of whom, 2,589 candidates
were shortlisted for the final interviews in March this year. Finally, 920
candidates (717 male and 203 female) were recommended for appointments.
While R V Varun Kumar from Tiruchy was the top male candidate bagging the third
rank in the all India list, Abhiram Shankar, a student of Shankar IAS Academy,
secured the fourth rank.