When the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC) announced the results of the Civil Service Examination 2021 on Monday, Shruti Sharma emerged on top, earning an All India (AIR) ranking of 1, followed by Ankita Agarwal and Gamini Singla from Chandigarh for the second and third positions respectively.
Shruti Sharma, a history student, is from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. She completed her studies in Delhi. Sharma is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. She then joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for her graduate studies, but she dropped out to join Delhi School of Economics (DSE) to pursue her graduate studies.
She prepared for the civil service exam at the Jamia Millia Islamia Residential Coaching Academy (RCA). A total of 23 candidates including Shruti Sharma qualified for the Jamia RCA civil service examination this year.
Delighted with her success, Sharma said she was confident of qualifying for the UPSC exam, but to top the merit list was a “pleasant surprise”. Sharma wants to serve the country by joining the Indian Administration Services (IAS).
Sharma said while preparing for the civil services, she used to take her own notes using journals. She used to focus on practice for better presentation and writing answers.
Sharma said she would accept any responsibilities given to her, thanks to her personal interest in education and the empowerment of women.
Sharma said the UPSE program is very big and exhausting, and proper strategy is needed to crack it. The candidate must not only prepare his own notes, but he must also revise them. Patience is a must for UPSE candidates.
Shruti Sharma’s mother said: “She is very happy with her achievement. It’s all the result of her (Shruti’s) hard work. She was always busy with her studies. We used to ask her to rest and sleep. She was very less active on social media.”
A total of 685 candidates were shortlisted for the IAS, IPS, IFS and many other branches of civil service under the central government of India. 244 of these winners are from the general category, 73 from the EWS, 203 from the OBC, 105 from the SC and 60 from the ST category. All of the top four ranks are captured by female candidates.