The Rank 1 holder 30-year-old Shubhra Saxena from Ghaziabad has become the talk of the country. She told the media that the risk of quitting her job to serve the rural masses was worth it.
“I did not always want to become a civil servant," she said. “But four years in the IT industry were enough to make me see the futility of it all. I realised I was in no position to make a meaningful change in our policies or affect development."
Second rank holder Sharandeep Kaur Brar, a Masters degree holder from Punjab University said it was her childhood dream to become an IAS officer.
Bagging the first in the handicapped category and fourth rank in overall, Virender Kumar Sharma said that even if he was hit by polio at an early age, it was his spirit that got him to clear this exam.
A total of 791 candidates passed the exam this year in the written test conducted in Oct-Nov 2008 along the interview in Mar-Apr 2009.