About 80 students from the state have cleared the Union Public Service Commission examination, the results of which were declared on Friday. Kaustubh Diwegaonkar bagged 11th rank in the all-India merit list.
The all-India merit list declared by the commission is for appointment of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services, group ‘A’ and ‘B’. There is no estimate, however, on who topped the state.
As per information collected from the UPSC coaching classes in the city, most of the 70 students from the state were from Pune.
Diwegaonkar completed his masters in arts from the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University. Hailing from Latur, Diwegaonkar said, “I’m extremely satisfied with my success. I’m looking forward to joining the training which will soon begin.” Kaustubh’s father is a homeopathy doctor, while his mother is a homemaker. It was his childhood dream to join civil services, he said.
Former IAS officer Avinash Dharmadhikari, who runs coaching classes for UPSC aspirants, said, “The number of candidates clearing UPSC examination is on the rise from Maharashtra. However, it is not satisfactory as yet. Maharashtra has potential talent and at least 100 candidates must clear from Maharashtra in every exam.”
Tukaram Jadhav, another tutor who conducts coaching classes for UPSC aspirants, said, “It is heartening to see the number of female candidates clearing the exam. Overall, about 10% students from the all-India rankings are from Maharashtra, which is satisfactory.”
Against 1,091 vacancies, a total of 998 candidates have been recommended for appointment by the commission in various categories including general, physically challenged, backward classes among others.
Kshipra Agre bagged the 29th rank to top the female candidates from Maharashtra. Kshipra, who completed graduation in civil engineering from College of engineering, Pune (COEP), in 2009, cleared the exam this year in her third attempt. “I was expecting a better rank, however, I’m satisfied. I did join tutorials for UPSC, but, I heavily depended on self study.” After completing engineering, Kshipra did post graduate diploma courses from the Yashwantrao Chavan Open University in environment sustainability and disaster management. Both her parents are working and she said that she was expecting the IAS post.
Mrunmai Joshi, who stood 98th in the all-India rankings is presently pursuing law from Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University. She completed her bachelor in arts degree from Fergusson college and has been preparing for the exam for the past four years. She said, “I decided to get into civil services when I was a child and the dream has come true today. It is my second attempt, and I’m glad I have cleared it.” Mrunmai’s mother is a district judge while her father is a civil contractor.
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