- Still unable to believe what she has achieved, she said, “This is amazing and has left me speechless. I just could not believe it when I checked the UPSC result this afternoon.”.
- Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Pradeep Singh, a resident of Haryana, tops the list of 829 candidates who have qualified for the prestigious civil services.
- Pratibha Verma too is a serving IRS officer. She took leave to prepare for the examination.”
- She said she wanted to become an IAS officer since her childhood.
- A native of Sultanpur, Pratibha said she was super excited. “In the past, women have topped the exam. Tina Dabi stood first in 2016. Happy with what I have achieved. I was confident that I would do well. But never imagined that I would secure AIR 3rd rank. This was very unexpected,” she said.
- The calls started pouring in as the news spread, she said. A colleague in IRS was the first one to inform her about the result. “And then I checked it on the website,” said Verma, who had physics as her optional subject.
- She graduated from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 2014 and worked with a private firm for two years to gain some work experience.
- “I always wanted to become a civil servant. I started preparing for UPSC (exam),” she said.
VINAY TIWARI AND NITISH KUMAR RESPONSE
- “Last year, I got the 489th rank. I quickly realised the mistakes I made there. I worked hard on my weakness and started writing well-rounded answers. The past experience helped,” she said.
- “I was inspired by the way IAS officers act as the first responder at the time of any crisis. They are always on the frontline at the time of a difficult situation. That is why I decided to prepare again for the exam (after getting selected in the IRS),” she said.
- “I would like to work for women empowerment and children-related issues, especially in my home state Uttar Pradesh,” she added.
- Verma gave credit to her parents for playing an important role in motivating her for the civil services.
- Her father Subansh Verma retired a few months ago as an English teacher in a government intermediate college. Her mother Usha Verma is a head teacher with a government school in Sultanpur.
- “My elder sister Priyanka is a doctor. And I have two brothers. One of them is working with a private company. The younger brother is studying,” she said.
- Verma said no big celebrations were planned because of Covid-19.
- “Only video calls with parents, siblings and close family members and friends,” she said..