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Amith Kaushik on Lokpal




Article by: Amith Kaushik, UPSC Aspirant
 Amith studied at Karunya University and works for Infosys Technologies.

Twice as many girls clear IIT than last year. Is Civil Services Next?

Twice as many girls have qualified for IIT-JEE this year compared to the last year. Looks like, this is appearing as a major trend in competitive exams. This year in the UPSC 2011 final selections, two out of top three positions have been bagged by female candidates.

This year over 1400 girls have qualified through IIT-JEE. Engineering has always been a male dominated profession and seeing the number of successful female candidates is a welcome change in our conservative society. Will the story repeat itself in the upcoming UPSC Prelims exam.

Highlights of UPSC 2011 Selections

  • The Top two ranks have been bagged by female candidates.
  • The Topper Shena Aggarwal is a doctor and has done her MBBS from All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
  • Rank 2 has been taken by Rukmani Riar who is an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
  • Prince Dhawan, an M.TEch. From IIT Delhi has received the 3rd rank.
  • While it is 3rd attempt for Shena, Rukmani and and Prince achieved it in first attempt itself.
  • A total of 910 selections have been made.

Home Ministry evaluating the idea of a separate exam for IPS

The candidates for IPS (Indian Police Service) require a different attitude than other services. This is the thought on which the idea of a separate exam for IPS is based.

The current exam structure, as per the home ministry and the parliamentary standing committee, is not adequate for finding the right talent for IPS. 

1777 Posts for IAS lying vacant

V Narayanasamy minister of State for personnel, public grievances and Pensions provided information about IAS recruitments to the Lok Sabha. Out of a total authorised strength of 6,154 IAS officers only 4,377 posts are filled. 

A total of 1,777 positions are vacant. 

Here is a list of vacant positions by state