Bihar boy tops UPSC Exam 2020, 12 out of first 25 are women
Patna : The final results of the UPSC civil services examinations 2020 have been released on Friday. Shubham Kumar, from Katihar (Bihar), has topped the exam. The second rank in the exam has been secured by Jagrati Awasthi from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
It must be noted that the performance of women has been outstanding in the exam. Out of first 25, 12 women have secured the places. Among the successful women candidates is also Ria Dabi, sister of Tina Dabi, the topper of Civil Services Exam 2015.
The percentage of women recommended for the civil services this year is better than the last three years, having risen from 24.2% in 2017, 23.9% in 2018 and 23.7% in 2019.
Delhi bagged 5 places in the Top 20 and Bihar three including the Number 1 rank. Three positions in the Top 20 have gone to candidates from Kerala.
About Shubham Kumar
Mr Kumar, who has secured the first rank in the examination, is an IIT Alumni. This was his third attempt, after having been selected to Indian Defence Accounts Services in the second attempt.
Speaking to Times of India he gave credit of his success to the parents and revealed that he used to study for 7-8 hours daily on average.
“I give credit to my family, especially my parents, and my close friends for encouraging me. It was my dream to be a civil servant right from my childhood. But it was when I was at IIT, Powai that I had a chance to be in leadership positions. That is when I realised how making a change can give you satisfaction, and I started seriously looking at a career in the Civil Services. I started preparing for the exam in my final year and would study 7-8 hours a day, on an average,” he told TOI.
As many as 10,40,060 candidates applied for civil services exam 2020, of which 4,82,770 appeared. Only 10,564 qualified for appearance in the mains examination and 2053 underwent personality test based on which 761 candidates were recommended for appointment to various services.