Tina Dabi, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan and Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, the three toppers of IAS / Civil Services 2015 examination, today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh at his DoPT office in North Block here today. Congratulating the three youngsters for achieving the meritorious distinction, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is a pleasant coincidence that ever since the Modi government took over two years ago, there has been a sudden upsurge of women power in Civil Services. For example, he said, in the last year’s exam, 4 out of 6 toppers were girls while in this year’s exam, 2 out of 4 toppers are also girls. Besides Tina, Artika Shukla is the girl who has stood fourth, he informed.
Another notable trend in the last few years, Dr Jitendra Singh said, is that more and more candidates were making it to Civil Services from those sections of society which were hitherto not adequately represented. The profile of the three toppers of this year is also a testimony to this trend, he said. Dr Jitendra Singh said that the present government’s thrust on citizen centric governance can be achieved by such young civil servants who come from the average common man’s background and can easily identify with the aspirations of the common youth of India who comprise more than 65% of the country’s population today.
In addition, he said, States like Jammu & Kashmir which, till few years ago, complained of not having enough number of direct IAS officers, will also feel gratified as more and more number of candidates from J&K are now making it to the Civil Services and also requesting for home cadre. Also present on the occasion were Secretary Personnel Sanjay Kothari, Establishment Officer Rajiv Kumar, Additional Secretaries T. Jacob & Sanjeevani Kutty and other senior officers.