A jubiliant Shruti Sharma flanked by her family after the results were declared
The final results of the Civil Services Exam 2021 ( Prelims Oct. 10, Mains Jan. 2022) were announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Monday. The top three ranks have been bagged by women this year. Topping the rank list of 685 candidates is Delhi’s Shruti Sharma, followed by Kolkata’s Ankita Agarwal and Punjab’s Gamini Singla in second and third positions respectively. Significantly, there are six Keralites among the top 50 scorers.
The toppers are selected on the basis of three rounds – the preliminary exam, the mains exam, and the final interview round.
Shruti Sharma from Delhi is an alumna of St. Stephen’s College. Ms Sharma pursued her post-graduation from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She was a student of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Residential Coaching Academy. According to media reports, she had been preparing for the UPSC exams since the last four years.
Kolkata’s Ankita Agarwal holds an in Economics (Hons) from Delhi University and worked in the private sector for a year before following her dream of becoming an IAS officer. She previously attempted the Civil Services Examination in 2019 and earned the 236th rank.
She holds a computer science engineering degree from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
According to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), of the successful candidates, 244 are from the General Category, 203 from Other Backward Classes, 105 from Scheduled Caste, 73 from Economically Weaker Sections and 60 from the Scheduled Tribes.
The UPSC civil services examination is conducted to select officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.