Glorifying Story - Ira Singhal tops UPSC exams

“I suffer from scoliosis due to which my spine is curved. But my physical condition has never deterred me from pursuing my dreams,” Ira said.
Ms. Ira Singhal, the topper of the UPSC examination 2014 inspires a lot of people. Her glorifying story makes other believe in their dreams. She topped the distinguished examination from general category despite being differently abled.


The Union Public Service Examination declared results for the civil services examinations on Saturday on the fourth day of the closing date of the personality tests or interviews recommending a total of 1,236 candidates for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and central services. Four out of the five toppers are women this year. The examination is conducted in three stages- preliminary, mains and interviews. About 9.45 lakhs people had applied for the examination but 4.51 lakhs appeared for the examination. Out of these 16, 933 were declared qualified for the mains examination and 3,038 were declared qualified for the personality test.

Four out of the five toppers are women this year. Ira Singhal the topper of the prestigious exam, is “shocked and surprised”  by her success, she did expect to have good result but did not think about securing the first rank.

Ira is an engineer from NSIT and a MBA from FMS. She had also cleared this exam in the year 2010 with a rank of 815. She was allotted to IRS but they did not accept her due to her “disabilities”. She fought for her rights in the Central Administrative Tribunal after her rejection along with her UPSC preparation and was admitted as Assistant Commissioner last September.

 “Irony is that on medical and physical grounds, I am not eligible to be an IRS, a clerk or even a sweeper, but the rules allow me to become an IAS.” she said.

Ira is extremely happy and believes now she can work towards bringing changes in the system. In an interview to TOI, Ira said 

“I’d really like to work towards making our society more inclusive for persons with disability. Disability cannot be handicap to our ability to perform, but our attitude to PWD can demoralize them. India’s growth story lies in inclusiveness”.

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