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Engineering was a backup plan for UPSC women topper

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh from Bhopal cleared the exam in her first attempt, writes Shivangi Mishra

Though Srushti Jayant Deshmukh was sure that she will be able to clear the much coveted civil services exam, bagging an AIR 5 was a surprise for her. The 23-year-old Bhopal girl is the UPSC 2018 topper among women candidates and passed the exam in her first attempt.

Becoming an IAS was her childhood dream but she chose to graduate in Chemical Engineering “as a backup” plan. “I took up engineering to secure an alternate career if I cannot get through the UPSC exam. When I started preparing for the exam right after graduation, I was not sure if I could crack it. But my confidence slowly grew when I started performing well in mock test series and I knew I could make it to the list. However, I never expected that I will be a topper in the women category,” Srushti told Education Times.
She took sociology as the subject for UPSC exam and her preparation strategy included a mix of coaching classes and online learning. To prepare for the interview, she attended mock test session to learn the nitty gritty of the right body language and attitude while appearing in front of the selection panel.
“My interview went very smoothly as all the questions asked by the panellists were on expected line. One of the questions was on the challenges I could face in the field and another was on the Bhopal gas tragedy. Even though questions can be asked from all walks of life, one should learn to think critically and try to answer,” said Srushti.
Women empowerment and education are the two sectors close to her heart and I want to work towards these, says Srushti.
Srushti graduated as a chemical engineer from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal and she passed Class XII with 93.4% marks. Her father, Jayant Deshmuskh is an engineer and her mother Sunita Deshmukh is a pre-primary schoolteacher.
A total of 759 candidates cleared the exam. According to an UPSC statement, “a total of 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) have been recommended by the Commission for appointment to various services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc.”
Out of the top 25 candidates, there are 15 men and 10 women. The top 25 candidates have graduated in subjects like Engineering, Sciences, Economics, Law, Mathematics, History, Political Science, Public administration and Commerce from premier institutions of the country such as IITs, NIT, NLU, BITS Pilani, DU, Mumbai University, Anna University and Pune University.
Optional subjects of the top 25 candidates in the examination ranged from Anthropology, Chemistry, Commerce & Accountancy, Geography, Law, Maths, History, Political Science & International Relations, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, and English Literature.


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