First Keralite in over 20 years to top civil services

harithFulfilling her childhood dream Haritha V Kumar, a woman from Kerala in her fourth and last attempt has bagged the first place in the civil services examination for the first time from the state since 1991. The state also obtained the second and fourth positions respectively.

Haritha Kumar, who is undergoing training as an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) official while talking to reporters from Faridabad near Delhi said that she is very grateful to her teachers and her family who supported her cause.

She said that she could not pass the examination in her first attempt, as she fell short of 18 marks in clearing the mains. Haritha, who could not pass in her first attempt, got 179th rank while she attempted the exam for the second time.Though she was selected for Indian Police Service, she decided to get on with IRS.

Haritha Kumar, an engineer by profession said that while she attempted for the third time she got a rank of 290 and showed her eagerness to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official. ‘I chose Economics and Malayalam literature as optional subject,’ said Haritha who has three more weeks to finish her training programme in Faridabad.

Though Haritha could not get the pass mark in her first attempt she did not give up her confidence. Instead of pushing herself to dismay, she cracked the exams and fulfilled her childhood dream by achieving the goal. The end of the day on Friday saw the 27-year-old woman from Kerala become the topper of the UPSC civil services exam for 2012.

She said that she believes economy to be the fundamental problem to all issues which the country is facing and therefore preferred having a deep knowledge in the subject.

Haritha, likes reading books particularly of Khalil Gibran and also takes interest in watching Malayalam movies.




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