New Delhi: For the first time in four years, a male candidate has topped the prestigious Civil Services Examination 2013, results of which were declared Thursday.
Gaurav Agrawal has got the first rank in the exam with Economics as his optional subject. He holds Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.
This was his second attempt.
Delhi-based Munish Sharma and Rachit Raj have got second and third positions respectively.
Women candidates had bagged the top slots in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Civil Services Examinations. Munish has a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) degree from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. He got through the exam in second attempt.
"I am very happy. My success is the result of hard work and blessings of my teachers and my mother," Munish told PTI over phone.
Rachit has cracked the examination in his first attempt. Bharti Dixit is the topper among female candidates. She has secured fifth rank. She has done Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi. This was her first attempt.
As many as 1,122 candidates have been recommended for appointment in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other Central services on the basis of the Civil Services Examination, 2013, said a release issued by the Ministry of Personnel.
There are 15 males and 10 females in top 25 positions. Among the top 25 candidates, 24 took the examination in English and one in Kannada medium. Nine of the top 25 candidates are from Engineering stream, three from Medical Science; four from Science and nine from Commerce, Humanities and other Social Sciences background. Five of them have made to the merit list in their first attempts, 11 in second attempts, seven in third attempts and two in their fourth attempts.
The result also showcases the pan-India distribution of successful candidates. Among the top 25, there are candidates claiming domicile from as many as 11 states or Union Territories: Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, it said. Of these, 20 appeared for the examination from Delhi; two from Jaipur and one each from Lucknow, Bangalore and Chandigarh centres.
Of the total successful candidates, 517 are of General category, 326 of Other Backward Class (OBC), 187 of Scheduled Castes (SC) and 92 of Scheduled Tribes (ST). There were 1,228 advertised vacancies—622 General, 326 OBC, 188 SC and 92 ST—for Civil Services Examination 2013.
The Civil Services (preliminary) Examination was held on 26 May 2013. A total of 7,76,565 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 3,23,949 candidates actually appeared and 14,959 candidates were declared qualified for appearance in the mains examination.
The mains exam was held in December, 2013 and based on their performance, 3,003 candidates were shortlisted for the personality test which was conducted in April-June.
The Civil Services Examination is conducted in three phases -- preliminary, mains and interview. Results will also be available on UPSC's website. "However, marks are likely to be available on the website within 15 days from the date of declaration of results," the release said.