Haritha V Kumar UPSC Civil Services Topper
Haritha V Kumar has secured the first position in UPSC civil services Examination 2012, for which the merit list was announced on Friday.
Haritha V Kumar, who belongs to Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram, is currently posted as an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) official in Faridabad. This was her fourth attempt in the civil services. Daughter of Vijaya Kumar and Chitra, Haritha completed her schooling from Neyyatinkara Higher Secondary School.
The 27 year old holds a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from University of Kerala. Her subject choices for UPSC exam were economics and literature of Malayalam language.
After a gap of 20 years, Haritha V Kumar brought the glory of getting first rank to Kerala.
Though a resident of Thiruvananthapuram, she has been staying in Delhi since December and training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN) in Faridabad. Haritha V Kumar initially did not believe it was true as she thought her friends had played a prank.
An engineering graduate, Haritha chose economics and Malayalam as her main subjects for the civil service. Kumar, who is undergoing training at National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), holds a Bachelor of Technology (Electronics and Communication) degree from Kerala University.
Always a good student, Kumar says she’s been dreaming of a job in the civil services since her childhood. “This is the result of a combination of my ambition and sense of duty toward the community,” she explains. She has put Kerala as her first preference for posting. Her family is based in Thiruvananthapuram. Her father runs a business and mother is a home-maker. Her two younger brothers are both engineers.
Kumar is also a trained carnatic classical singer and was trained in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. “I had learned classical dance as a child but I have performed in the academy,” she says with an embarrassed laugh.
According to Haritha, her performance in the interview appeared to have fetched her the top rank. Among other things the interview board wanted to know what she thought were India’s four greatest problems.
“I listed corruption, poverty, women’s safety and unemployment, in that order. I was then asked to give bullet-point solutions to all this. I remember saying that, though it may not be a solution to problems about women’s safety, all girls need be taught self-defence techniques right from school,” she said.
Ms. Kumar was also very categorical in pointing out that had it not been for her friends at NACEN with whom she would gather around the dining table and hold discussions on everything under the sun, she would not have done this well in the interview.
The ‘literature’ rule
As an engineer by training and as one who took Malayalam literature as an optional subject Ms. Kumar strongly believes that the Union government did the right thing by not insisting that a candidate must have a degree in a particular language for him/her to choose that literature as an optional in the civil services examinations.
“What is literature but the portrayal of life, of social realities? It generates empathy in a person, a much-needed quality for a civil servant,” she argued.
A trained Carnatic vocalist and a lover of old Malayalam movie songs, Ms. Kumar, who underwent civil services training at the Centre for Career Development Studies and at the Kerala State Civil Services Academy in Thiruvananthapuram, said she hoped to be allotted to the Kerala cadre.
For the third consecutive year, a woman has topped the prestigious Civil Services Examination 2012.
Haritha V Kumar, a probationer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) 2011 batch, has made it to the top slot of the coveted exam, according to the results declared today by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The top position in General, Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) have also been secured by women candidates.
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2012 was conducted on May 20, 2012. A record number of 5,36,506 candidates applied for this examination, out of which 2,71,422 candidates have actually appeared.
A total of 13,092 of these candidates were declared qualified for the main written examination held in October, 2012 out of which 2,674 candidates were selected for the personality test conducted in March-April, 2013.
Results will also be available on the UPSC’s Website. “However, marks are likely to be available on the website within 15 days from the date of declaration of results”, the release said.
Haritha V Kumar in On Record
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