After Sarthak Agarwal topping the CBSE board exams; it was turn of another boy from the community to bag the top honours. The exam is the prestigious Civil Services Examination 2013 and the candidate is Gaurav Agarwal from Jaipur who also happens to be the male candidate in last four years to have topped the Civil Services Examinations.
Gaurav Agarwal is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) holding a degree in Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science). Gaurav has done his post graduation in Diploma in Management, from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. Gaurav was cleared the exam in his second attempt.
The second and third positions were also by males: Munish Sharma and Rachit Raj. Delhi-based Munish Sharma, who secured the second spot, is a graduate in Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. Munish, like Gaurav, 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,” said Munish.
Rachit Raj, who stands third in the list, could crack the civil examination in his first attempt.
Women had bagged the top slots in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Civil Services Examinations. Bharti Dixit stood fifth in the list and tops the female list of candidates. Bharti, who cleared the exam in her first attempt, has done Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi.
For the trivia lovers: Out of the Top 25; 15 are male candidates and the remaining 10 are females. 24 out of the 25 candidates gave their examinations in English whereas only one of them chose to give in Kannada. The Top 25 candidates have 9 each from Engineering & Commerce stream, whereas four are from Science and Humanities, others from Medical and Social Sciences background.
Only five of the Top 25 has made it to the merit list in their first attempts. The majority of them (11) made it in their second attempts, while seven in third attempts and the remaining two in their fourth attempts. The civil examinations result also showcases the pan-India contribution of the passing candidates. Candidates from as many as 11 states or union territories like Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, fill the Top 25.
The total of 1,122 candidates have been selected 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.
The main civil services examination was held in December, 2013. Based on their results, 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 within 15 days from now.