ADVANTAGE Rajasthan? All three toppers of civil services examination, 2015 — Tina Dabi, Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan and Jasmeet Singh Sandhu have been allotted the same cadre — Rajasthan. The DoPT which released on Monday the list of cadre allocation of all 180 IAS recruits, gave the first three rank holders the same cadre. Fourth rank holder Artika Shukla gets AGMUT cadre whereas the 5th rank holder Shashank Tripathi gets his home cadre — Uttar Pradesh. The allocation of cadre is done through a process under which one IAS may not get the cadre she wants irrespective of whether she is a topper or not. But one-cadre-for-all-three-toppers has possibly turned out to be an exceptional case this time when the creme la creme of the …civil servant recruits of 2015 exam will be posted in Rajasthan only. The change of cadre is done in the rarest of rare cases unless there is a marriage between the two All India Services officers in which the competent authority grants change of cadre to one of them, and sometime to both of them to a third cadre.
Tina Dabi who graduated from Lady Shri Ram College under the University of Delhi originally hails from Madhya Pradesh. After getting selected into IAS, Dabi in a television interview said that she used to study eight hours a day on an average though there were instances when she actually studied up to 14 hours a day.
The 2nd rank holder Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan belongs to Devipora-Mattan village of Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. The son of a school teacher, Khan got attracted to civil services after Kashmiri doctor Shah Faesal became the UPSC topper in 2009. In his first attempt, Khan secured an allied service and joined Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) but then he improved his position to 2nd out of 1,164 last year helping him to get what he wanted — IAS. Whereas Shah Faesal was given the home cadre Jammu and Kashmir, Khan missed it.
The third rank holder Sandhu who also got Rajasthan cadre, is from Delhi.
In 2015, as many as 180 candidates were selected for IAS, 150 for IPS and another 45 for Indian Foreign Service out of 1,164 candidates selected by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after conducting written and personality tests.
Earlier in May, those three toppers along with their parents met minister of state in PMO Jitendra Singh in presence of a number of senior bureaucrats. The toppers also met minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and secretary JS Deepak. While interacting with the toppers, Jitendra Singh said how states like Jammu and Kashmir which, till few years ago, complained of not having enough number of direct IAS officers, have now seen more and more candidates not only making it to the civil services but requesting for home cadre.
At present, the senior-most IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre is home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi of 1978 batch.