Girl from naxal-hit area gets 99th rank in civil services exam

New Delhi: Namrata Jain, who hails from naxal-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, on Wednesday qualified the prestigious civil services examination.

“Elated to learn Namrata Jain from Dantewada clinched 99th rank in UPSC exams! Maybe someday she’ll become the district’s collector,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said in a tweet.

Dantewada district comes under the state’s Bastar region, considered as den of the naxals.

Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has topped the prestigious civil services examination.

A total of 1,099 candidates (846 men and 253 women), including 500 in General category, 347 belonging to Other Backward Class, 163 from Scheduled Caste and 89 from Scheduled Tribe, have been recommended for appointment to various central government services, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said.

The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview–to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.