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Chennai girl tops Civil Services exam

Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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S. Divyadharshini
S. Divyadharshini

Law graduate S.Divyadharshini of Chennai emerged the national topper in the Civil Services Examination 2010.

The Union Public Service Commission announced the results on Wednesday and released the merit list of 920 candidates who made it to the civil services.

Ms. Divyadharshini (24) said she wanted to join the civil services in order to contribute significantly to the development of the country. Cracking the examination in her second attempt, she said, “This success is a reward for hard work and perseverance. My parents, my mentor Prabhakaran and friends played a significant role in my success. I will serve society better as an IAS officer.”

A law graduate from School of Excellence in Law, Adyar, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Ms.Divyadharshini opted for Public Administration and Law as optional subjects. Her father V.Shanmugam is a customs consultant. Her mother S.Padmavathy is a homemaker.

Another Chennai-based candidate, R.V.Varun Kumar, secured the third rank. “I would have got IAS with this rank. But I have opted for IPS. My heart was always with the police service. I did not join the private sector job after my graduation in engineering.”

“The only broadsheet I read was The Hindu. Google Books was also of help,” he says. The fourth rank holder, Abhiram G. Sankar, who hails from Tirunelveli, says, “I opted for civil services after convincing my parents. ”


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