• As many as 933 candidates have qualified the Civil Services Examination 2022, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) announced on May 23.
• Women bagged the top four ranks in the civil services examination 2022 with Delhi University graduate Ishita Kishore securing the first spot.
• Garima Lohia, Uma Harathi N and Smriti Mishra secured the second, third and fourth ranks respectively in the examination.
• Daughter of an Air Force officer, Ishita Kishore cleared the prestigious examination in her third attempt. Ishita, 26, has worked with multinational firm Ernst and Young, qualified the examination with political science and international relations as her optional subjects. She has graduated in economics (hons.) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.
• Garima Lohia of Buxar district in Bihar secured the second position in the examination. A graduate in commerce from Kirorimal College of Delhi University, Garima cracked the examination in her second attempt with commerce and accountancy as her optional subjects.
• Uma Harathi, a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT, Hyderabad stood third with anthropology as her optional subject. A resident of Hyderabad, Uma Harathi qualified the exam in her fifth attempt.
2,529 candidates qualify for the Personality Test
• The Civil Services Examination is conducted annually in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — by the UPSC to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.
• The Preliminary Examination was conducted on June 5 last year. A total of 11,35,697 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 5,73,735 candidates actually appeared in it.
• A total of 13,090 candidates qualified for appearance in the written (Main) examination which was held in September 2022.
• A total of 2,529 candidates qualified for the Personality Test.
• The recommended candidates include 41 Persons with Benchmark Disability (14 Orthopedically Handicapped, seven Visually Challenged, 12 Hearing Impaired & 8 Multiple Disabilities).
• Out of the total qualified candidates this time, 345 are from general category, 99 from economically weaker section (EWS), 263 Other Backward Classes (OBC), 154 Scheduled Caste (SC) and 72 from Scheduled Tribe (ST).
• A total of 178 candidates have been put in the reserve list.
• There were 1,022 vacancies reported by the Centre to be filled through the Civil Services Examination.
• It included 180 IAS officers, 38 IFS, 200 IPS, 473 in Group A central services and 131 in Group B services.