22 year old Delhi girl Tina Dabi topped UPSC Civil Services Exam 2015


A 22 year old Delhi girl has topped in one of the toughest and most prestigious examinations conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), i.e. UPSC Civil Services Exam. Tina Dabi, a student of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi is a graduate in political science and has secured the first rank in the 2015 civil services examination. The second rank holder is Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan from Kashmir while the third topper is Jasmeet Singh Sandhu from Delhi. A total of over 1068 candidates are selected while 172 candidates have been kept on the reserve list. The results are based on a written examination conducted in December 2015 and an interview conducted next year.

Tina Dabi has secured the first rank in the most prestigious exam in the country, and has become an inspiration for many of her age, to dream for civil services. This feat is all the more impressive as it was her first attempt at the examination, and she has topped it. The civil services examination is conducted for selecting the future civil servants of the country. The civil services posts are the highest government posts in the country on which direct appointment is possible. The civil services consist of but are not limited to Indian Revenue Services, Administrative Services and Foreign Services. It is certainly a proud moment for women empowerment in India, as after Ira Singhal in 2014, another girl has secured the first rank in the toughest and most competitive exam of the country in 2015.

The Delhi girl has managed to top the civil services examination despite being just 22 years of age and this being her first attempt. She has opted for the Haryana cadre. Tina who was born in Bhopal, moved to Delhi when she was in the 7th standard. She passed out from the convent of Jesus and Mary and has started thinking about giving the civil services examination when she was in the 11th or 12th standard. Tina credits her parents for her exemplary performance and has said that they were responsible for her selection as they constantly motivated her and helped her succeed in the exam. Both of her parents are engineers. While her mother voluntarily retired from the Indian Engineering Services, her father works in the telecom division.

Tina also shared her preparation plans with the media and has attributed her success to regularity and discipline. She used to read from 8 to 10 hours daily while preparing for the examination. Tina also said that she was expecting her selection in the 2015 examination, but getting first rank is a dream come true. She named her mother as her role model and also said that her mother’s sacrifice and hard work have played an integral role in her success in civil services exam. She has opted for the Haryana cadre as she feels that the state largely has a patriarchal mindset which needs to be countered and changed. The state is known for having one of the most contrasting sex ratios in the country. Talking about her decision to choose the Haryana cadre, Tina said that she always wanted to work in a challenging environment and do her bit for women empowerment.

The preparation strategy followed by Tina Dabi, may also become your success mantra. Civil Services exam demands consistent practice. Along with a strong preparation, it is crucial to have self-confidence, positive attitude, and a quality amount of will power to succeed, and get through the civil services examination.

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