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UPSC Results: Who is Pratibha Verma? her journey as the first woman topper in 2019 civil services exam

Uttar Pradesh's Pratibha Verma becomes the first woman topper in the UPSC Civil Service Examination 2019. Know her journey.

The UPSC results for Civil Service IAS Examinations 2019 released today. Uttar Pradesh’s Pratibha Verma secured the top 3 positions in the overall category making her the first woman candidate to do so. A total of 829 candidates have qualified the examination. Pratibha Verma is preceded by Pradeep Singh and Jatin Kishore as the first and second topper respectively.

Who is Pratibha Verma?

Pratibha who works at the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) as an Officer harbored the dream of IAS since her childhood. In 2018, she appeared for the UPSC Civil Services exam but ranked in the 489th position. This year, however, her hard work paid off. She is the first woman topper among the top three rank holders in the Civil Services IAS examinations.

In her conversation with Zee News, Pratibha said, “I was inspired by the way IAS officers act as the first responder at the time of any crisis. They are always on the frontline at the time of difficult situations. That is why I decided to prepare again for the exam (after getting selected in the IRS).”

Background and Future Plans

Uttar Pradesh’s Pratibha resides in Sultanpur. She proudly credited her parents for being her biggest supporters during preparation for the exam. Pratibha is all about women’s empowerment and wants to work for their betterment. Speaking about her future plans in the administrative field, she disclosed that she wants to work for women empowerment and children-related issues, especially in her home state Uttar Pradesh.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 preliminary exam was conducted in September 2019, main exam and interview were conducted between February to August 2020. A total of 829 candidates have qualified the examination.

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