For the second straight year, the top two positions in the Civil Services Examination have been bagged by women — a doctor and a social scientist.

Shena Aggarwal, who holds an MBBS degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, bagged the top slot in the exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission results for which were announced on Friday.

The second rank was secured by Rukmani Riar, a Master of Arts (Social Entrepreneurship) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Chennai-based law graduate S. Divyadharshini topped the list in the 2010 exams followed by computer engineer Sweta Mohanty from Hyderabad.

In the 2011 exams, the third position was obtained by Prince Dhawan, an MTech from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi.

A total of 910 candidates — 715 men and 195 women — were selected for appointments to various central services like the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others, according to a release by the Department of Personnel and Training.

Of the top 25 candidates — 13 appeared from Delhi; three from Jaipur, two each from Mumbai & Chandigarh; and one each from Hyderabad, Chennai, Dispur, Patna and Jammu centres.

The result also showcased the pan-Indian distribution of successful candidates in the examination. Candidates claiming domicile from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are in the top 25 list.

The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2011 was conducted on June 12. As many as 4,72,290 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 2,43,003 wrote the test.

According to a release by the Department of Personnel and Training, 11,984 candidates were declared qualified for the main written examination held in October-November 2011 out of which 2,417 candidates were selected for the personality test conducted in March-April 2012.

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