Aditya tops UPSC exams, Animesh second, Donuru third

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Aditya tops UPSC exams, Animesh second, Donuru third

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 | Archana Jyoti | New Delhi

Aditya tops UPSC exams, Animesh second, Donuru third

The announcement of civil services results 2023 on Tuesday stirred up more excitement than usual. Social media platforms were agog with compliments, best wishes, filmy dialogues, gyan and pravachan on the mother of all examinations conduced by Public Services Commission (UPSC).

Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his entire Council of Ministers, BJP contestants in the Lok Sabha, other political figures from ruling and Opposition sides were first time on the same page wishing the toppers and successful candidates who cleared the exams held last year.

In fact the UPSC results were trending on various media platforms.

Aditya Srivastava, originally selected for the Indian Police Services (IPS) last year, added another feather to his cap as he secured the top rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2023.

Hailing from Lucknow, Srivastava’s journey has been remarkable, characterised by his stint in the corporate world before pursuing civil services, reflecting his resilience and dedication.

Joining Srivastava in this remarkable achievement are Animesh Pradhan from Odisha, a Bachelor of Technology degree holder in computer science from NIT Rourkela, and Telangana native Donuru Ananya Reddy, a graduate from Delhi University’s Miranda House College with a degree in geography, securing the second and third ranks respectively.

Soon after the results were announced, Modi congratulated those who cleared the examination, emphasising their hard work, perseverance, and dedication.

“I congratulate all those who have successfully cleared the Civil Services Examination, 2023. Their hard work, perseverance and dedication has paid off, marking the start of a promising career in public service. Their efforts will shape the future of our nation in the times to come. My best wishes to them,” the Prime Minister wrote on X (previously Twitter). 

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too joined in congratulating the candidates, “Congratulations to all the candidates who have successfully cleared this year’s UPSC Civil Services Examination. With dedication and commitment, you are now entrusted with the responsibility of serving our great country. My best wishes for your future endeavours.”

Among the 1,016 recommended candidates, comprising 664 men and 352 women, the top five positions are evenly distributed, with three men and two women. An IPS trainee from Kerala PK Sidharth Ramkumar secured the fourth rank with anthropology as his optional subject, while a Gurugram resident Ruhani secured the fifth rank with economics as her optional subject.

Among the top 25 candidates, there are 10 women and 15 men, reflecting a diverse range of educational backgrounds, including engineering, humanities, science, commerce, business administration, architecture, and law from premier institutions such as IIT, IIM, NIT, University of Delhi, and National Law University.

The selected candidates also include 30 people with benchmark disabilities, reflecting the UPSC’s commitment to inclusivity.

Among the successful candidates, 347 are from the general category, 115 from economically weaker sections, 303 from other backward classes, 165 from Scheduled Castes, and 86 from Scheduled Tribes.

Overall, nationwide as many as 14,624 candidates qualified for appearance in the written (Main) examination, which was held in September, 2023.  

“A total of 2,855 candidates qualified for the personality test of the examination,” the commission said.

In Delhi, 31 aspirants of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Government funded Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) cleared the exams. Professor Eqbal Hussain, Officiating Vice Chancellor, Jamia said thirty one candidates who received coaching and training in the RCA cleared the exams, an increase of eight from last year.  Eleven out of 31 selected candidates are girls, he said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Om Birla Lok Sabha Speaker, Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Science & Technology were among many others who congratulated the candidates, underscoring the significance of their achievement and responsibility towards serving the country.

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