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2017 batch IPS officer-trainees with President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, in New Delhi on October 12.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

UPSC toppers spotted in power corridors; MoS in PMO gave them the first prescription

THREE toppers of civil services examination, 2015 — Tina Dabi, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan and Jasmeet Singh Sandhu along with their parents met MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday in presence of a number of senior bureaucrats including DoPT secretary Sanjay Kothari. The toppers also met telecom minister RS Prasad and secretary JS Deepak. Here are a few tips that Jitendra Singh gave to the young would-be civil servants, as they discovered Delhi's power corridors for the first time:

1. There has been a sudden upsurge of women power in civil services. In the last year’s examination, 4 out of 6 toppers were girls and this year, 2 out of 4 toppers are also girls.
2. More and more candidates were making it to civil services from those sections of society which were hitherto not adequately represented. The profile of the three toppers of this year is also a testimony to this trend.
3. The government’s thrust on citizen centric governance can be achieved by such young civil servants who come from the average common man’s background and can easily identify with the aspirations of the common youth of India who comprise more than 65% of the country’s population.
4. States like Jammu and Kashmir which, till few years ago, complained of not having enough number of direct IAS officers, will also feel gratified as more and more number of candidates from the state are now making it to the civil services and also requesting for home cadre.
5. You (toppers like Tina, Athar and Jasmeet) have 30 to 35 years to serve during which many ministers and many governments will come and go, but they would have to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining continuity in services. 
6. You (while addressing the toppers) are lucky to enter into the services at a time when India is on the verge of becoming a world power and you would have the satisfaction of being architects of India’s grand historic evolution to emerge as frontline nation of the world.

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