New Delhi: Chennai-based law graduate S
Divyadharshini has topped the prestigious Civil Services
Examination 2010 for which the results were announced on Wednesday.
The second position was also secured by a woman, Sweta
Mohanty, a computer engineer, while R V Varun Kumar, a dentist
from Chennai, got the third rank.
A total of 920 candidates, including 203 women, have
been selected for the Civil Services, which attracts the
largest number of candidates from the entire length and
breadth of the country.
Divyadharshini, who has done BA, BL (Hons) from Dr
Ambedkar Law University in Chennai, cleared the exam in her
second attempt. Mohanty cleared the exam in her third attempt.
Kumar, the topper among men, has done his BDS from
Ragas Dental College in Chennai. This is his third attempt.
An elated Divyadharshini said she was surprised to
find herself topping the exam as she was not expecting it. "I
was expecting some result but not as a topper," she said.
As congratulatory messages poured in, she said the
achievement was the result of "tedious" exercise and hard work
of one year coupled with luck.
The top 25 candidates consist of 20 men and five women
-- 15 of whom are engineers, five belonging to Commerce,
Management, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences; and five
belonging to medical science background.
Of the top 25, eight have made to the merit list in
their first attempt while four made it in their second
attempt, nine in third attempt, three in fourth attempt and
one in fifth attempt.
Among those selected, 28 are physically challenged
candidates while 14 are orthopaedically challenged, five
visually impaired and nine hearing impaired.
A total number of 5,47,698 candidates applied for this
examination and 2,69,036 candidates appeared for Preliminary
examination, which was conducted on May 23, 2010.
12,491 candidates qualified for the main written
examination held in October- November 2010.
2,589 candidates were shortlisted for the personality
test conducted in March-April 2011 out of which 920 were
They have been recommended for appointment including
428 General (including 19 Physically Challenged), 270 OBCs
(including 8 Physically Challenged candidates), 148 Scheduled
Castes (including one Physically Challenged candidate) and 74
Scheduled Tribes candidates.
There are 151 vacancies in IAS, 35 vacancies in IFS
and 150 in IPS.