UPSC 2016: Interviews of Topper Women of last 3 years

After Ira Singhal who cleared UPSC Civil Services 2015 followed by Tina Dabi in 2016, this year Nandini KR from Karnataka is the third woman in a row who has secured first rank in the prestigious civil services examination.

On this, Jitendra Singh, Union Minister also said it is an enthusiastic sign towards the emergence of women power.

Here’s what he said:

“This is the third time in a row that a woman has topped this examination. In 2015 it was Ira Singhal, then Tina Dhabi last year and now Nandini K.R. It is the emergence of women power of which this is enthusiastic sign,” Singh said in recent ANI report.

A look at UPSC women toppers:

Ira Singhal: First physically challenged woman to top IAS

  • The journey for Ira started off as a challenge when despite clearing the toughest exam in her very first attempt; she was not allowed to take the position in office citing her physical disability as a criterion for ineligibility
  • However, she did not lose hope. Ira filed a petition in the court, that later went on in her favour.

In an exclusive interview with India Today Education, Singhal said, “Having a disability was never an excuse in my family. I had to set targets just like anybody else would. I’ve learned that more than anybody else, it is necessary for you to believe in yourself. Thence, there is no stopping you.”

Tina Dabi:  First Dalit girl to top the UPSC exams

  • Delhi girl, Tina Dabi cleared the UPSC exam in 2016 while Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan stood second followed by Jasmeet singh Sandhu.
  • Moreover, she was the first Dalit girl to top the UPSC exams.

In an exclusive interview with India Today, Tina Dhabi said, “It feels incredible. I still can’t believe that I have topped the exam. It was my first attempt. I am excited and waiting for a new learning experience.”

Nandini K R:  First in the family to become IAS officer

  • Coming from a quaint little town called Kolar in Karnataka, Nandini K R has topped the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination 2016
  • Also, Nandini is from the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.

“Success may be delayed, not denied. Nobody in my family has ever been an IAS/ICS/IRS.  I am the first one,” says topper Nandini K R.

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Source: India Today

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