UPSC : Bihar’s Shubham Kumar tops UPSC exam, Bhopal’s Jagrati second-UPSC topper

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UPSC : Bihar’s Shubham Kumar tops UPSC exam, Bhopal’s Jagrati second-UPSC topper

The list of top-20 rank holders in this year's UPSC Civil Services exam, touted as the toughest exam in the country, is a diverse mix.

Shubham Kumar from Bihar, and Jagriti Awasthi from Bhopal – both engineering graduates – secured first and second ranks, respectively.

A total of 761 candidates have cleared the Civil Services Examination, 2020, the UPSC said in the results announced on Friday. A total of 545 males and 216 females have cleared the examination and have been recommended by the UPSC for various civil services, the commission said in a statement. It said that in the list of top 25 candidates, there are 13 men and 12 women.

Shubham Kumar, a civil engineering graduate from IIT-Bombay, who is training as an Indian Defense Accounts Service probationer in Pune, has passed the exam with anthropology as his elective subject, while Awasthi, who has completed his B. Tech (Electrical Engineering). Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal passed the exam with Sociology as an optional subject.

Shubham's father Devanand Singh told The Indian Express, "My son has not only made us proud, but has brought laurels to the entire Bihar."

When asked about the mantra behind his success, 24-year-old Awasthi said, “Nothing can be a substitute for hard work, but not just hard work, work smart. Most importantly, understand the requirements of the exam."

Ankita Jain stood third.

Riya Dabi, 23, whose elder sister Tina had topped the UPSC exam in 2019, secured 15th rank in the exam. She said: "The caste system is extremely rigid and I feel it should not exist. I was 18 when my elder sister appeared for the first time in UPSC. It was extremely inspiring. But if you ask me that is my inspiration. Who is, then I'd say it's my mother."

Tina was the first candidate from the Dalit community to top the Civil Services Examination.

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