IITian Aditya Srivastava tops civils exam; two women among top 5 | India News – Times of India

 IITian Aditya Srivastava tops civils exam; two women among top 5 | India News - Times of India

New Delhi: Aditya Srivastava from Lucknow, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and currently undergoing IPS training, Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2023, even NIT Rourkela Graduate Animesh Pradhan From Talcher he cleared the Eliot exam in his first attempt, barely a month after his mother succumbed to cancer.
There are two women in the top 5 and 10 in the top 25 candidates. Donoru Ananya Reddy, a BA (Hons) graduate. Miranda House Hailing from Mahbubnagar district of Telangana, she was the topper among women with the third rank overall. Rouhani, who is ranked 5th, had cleared the Civil Services Examination 2022 and was allotted IPS and joined the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy along with All India topper Aditya and No. 4 rank holder. SVPNPA) are also undergoing training. PK Siddharth Ramkumar, an architecture graduate from Ernakulam and who also cleared CSE in 2021.
Aditya quit his cushy and well-paid job at Goldman Sachs to pursue a career in the civil services. He told TOI that his decision was based on the realization that he would be happier and more satisfied working at a grassroots level. “This was my third attempt. I was selected for IPS last year and it’s been five months of my training. During CSE preparation, instead of studying for long hours, I did my assignments for the day. Focused on completing tasks and setting goals,” he shared, adding that his first choice would obviously be his home cadre, UP.
Congratulating the successful candidates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site X that their efforts will shape the future of the country in the time to come. The PM also reached out to those who did not make the cut, saying that they have the potential to succeed while noting that India is rich in opportunities where their talents can truly shine.
Aditya, a BTech in Electrical Engineering who did CSE with Electrical Engineering as his optional subject, is fond of books and articles on dinosaurs. “Even in my CSE interview round, I was asked questions about dinosaurs…like the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. I immediately answered ‘Archaeopteryx,'” he recounted.
Recommended by top 20 candidates UPSC For various civil services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc. based on CSE 2023, come from a cross section of cities and towns across India. While No. 6 rank holder Srishti Dabas hails from Delhi, No. 5 Rohani hails from Gurugram but is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. No. 18 and 20 posts are candidates from Noida. Those ranked 7th to 20th belong to Jammu, Jaipur, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Navi Mumbai, Jhansi, Meerut, Jhajjar, Bhopal, Jamshedpur and Bengaluru.
A total of 1,016 candidates including 664 males (65%) and 352 females (35%) were recommended by UPSC for appointment to various civil services based on the 2023 examination.
Speaking to TOI, All India No. 2 Animesh Pradhan said he was working with Indian Oil Corporation from 2021, but decided to pursue a career in civil services in 2022. He said his preparation for CSE coincided with his mother’s battle with terminal cancer. She was with him till his interview round, but passed away a month ago. “He dreamed of seeing me as an IAS officer till his last breath,” said Animesh, who lost his father long ago when he was in Class XI.
“It was an emotionally draining journey during preparation, but my elder sister was my support system,” he told TOI. Aspiring to become an IAS officer in his home state, Srivastava said he wanted to bring change at grassroots level and work on healthcare and poverty alleviation.
Nausheen from Gorakhpur, who cleared CSE in her fourth attempt, said she steadfastly relied on the free residential coaching at Jamia Millia Islamia to secure an All India 9th rank.
The 25 successful candidates come from diverse educational backgrounds such as engineering, humanities, science, commerce, business administration, architecture and law, who have attended top institutions such as IITs, IIMs, NITs, Delhi University, National Law Passed out from university etc.
Among the top 25 optional subjects in the Mains exam were Anthropology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Law, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science and International Relations and Sociology. Recommended candidates also include 30 persons with benchmark disabilities.

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