news Sunday, July 05, 2015 - 05:30
The results of the Union Public Services Commission were declared on Saturday evening, and the examination had its own share of inspiring stories. In 2014, four out of the top five candidates in the UPSC's final list were female and Ira Singhal, the topper, is differently-abled. By Sunday morning more details emerged, with a number of incidents of students braving the odds to clear one of the most fiercely contested examinations. From Delhi, 23-year-old Rohit Yadav who secured the 582nd rank is the son of former ACP, Delhi Police, Rajbir Singh. Singh was known as an “encounter specialist”, and was shot dead in Gurgaon in 2008. A report in The Hindustan Times quotes Rohit’s grandfather, Mamchand Yadav, 80, a retired senior commandant from the CRPF himself. “I received a call from Rohit at 2pm and he informed me about his selection. He had been studying hard for the last two years, 14-15 hours a day.” Rohit lost his father when he was fifteen. A mechanical engineer from the Delhi Technical University, this was his second attempt at the examination. The going had not been easy for 26-year-old C Vanmathi from Sathyamangalam in Erode district of Tamil Nadu either. Just two years ago, she was at ease herding cows after returning from college in her hometown. Vanmathi, now an assistant manager at the Indian Overseas Bank at Nambiyur, Erode, told The New Indian Express that this was her fourth attempt at the examination. Her father drove cars for a living for eighteen years, and at a meagre income of Rs 7000, he supported her through her BSc degree and then a part-time MCA degree. Vanmathi’s mother used to rear cows to produce milk for a living and the 152nd ranker this year has fond memories of it too. “I used to take the cows for grazing in the open fields and it is what I enjoyed doing. I absolutely loved buffaloes. I used to do it all through my schooldays and even after getting into college,” she told the newspaper. A total number of 1,236 candidates have been recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services Group 'A' and Group 'B', the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) said. From a population of 1.2 billion, the candidate literally has to be one-in-a-million.    

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