New Delhi, June 07: Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh Tuesday interacted first 20 All India Toppers of IAS/ Civil Services Exam 2021, who called on him at the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) headquarters at North Block here. The result of the exam was declared on 30th of May.
Among the first 20 IAS/Civil Services toppers, the first three toppers this year Shruti Sharma (First), Ankita Agarwal (Second) and GaminiSingla (Third) happen to be women, followed in that order by AishwaryaVerma, UtkarshDwivedi, Yaksh Chaudhary, Samyak S Jain, IshitaRathi, Preetam Kumar, Harkeerat Singh Randhawa, ShubhankarPratyush Pathak, YasharthShekhar, Priyamvada Ashok Mhaddalkar, Abhinav J Jain, C Yaswanthkumar Reddy, AnshuPriya, Mehak Jain, Ravi Kumar Sihag, Diksha Joshi and Arpit Chauhan.
In his welcome address to the top-20 rankers and their family members, Dr Jitendra Singh described the 2021 batch of Civil Servants as the “Architects of Century India”.
He said, when India is celebrating ‘AzadiKaAmritMahotsav’ coinciding with 75th Year of India’s Independence, this Century Batch with 25 to 30 years of active service ahead will charter a new course when independent India turns 100.
He said, the onus will be on them to become active partners in realising Prime Minister NarendraModi's vision of New India that leads the rest of the world.
The Minister said, under Prime Minister Modi, India is already on the ascent and Civil Servants of this new genre have the privileged responsibility of taking it to the top league in the global arena.
During introduction of the 20 toppers, Dr Jitendra Singh pleasantly noted that there are 10 engineers and two medicos among them and hoped that they will add value to the work assigned to them in carrying out various specialized schemes and programmes introduced by the Modi Government in the last 8 years. The Minister hoped that the technocrats will be able to do justice to the highly specialised flagship programmes of the government in sectors like Health, Agriculture, Water, Environment, Industries, Education, Skills and Mobility to name a few.
Dr Jitendra Singh also pointed out that apart from the first three toppers in Civil Services Exam-2021, there are 8 female candidates out of 20 toppers, which is nearly 40 percent and asserted that we are closely arriving at gender parity. The Minister also took note of the demographic change happening over the last few years and said that they represent a pan-India coverage as these candidates hail from the States/UTs of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana. He said, this gender and demographic change augurs well for a diverse country like India.
The Minister also underlined that even candidates having done schooling from KendriyaVidyalaya, Navodaya School and Government schools are cracking the exam, while earlier it was mostly confined to elite schools.
Dr Jitendra Singh said after he joined the government in 2014, he had introduced in the DoPT a new tradition of personally inviting the All India Toppers to North Block and felicitating them and since then this tradition continues.