Chandigarh: With happiness writ large on her face Rukmani Riar has realised what she had set out to achieve. Having completed her post-graduation in social entrepreneurship in 2010 and winning a gold medal from The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai she wanted to carry out social service. Her father BS Riar, a lawyer in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, suggested that she should try the civil services if she wanted to make a mark at helping society.
She has now done just that. Rukmani Riar has secured the second rank in the Civil Services Examination in her first attempt. The first position in the civil services exam has gone to Shena Aggarwal of Yamunanagar in Haryana.
The final results of the CSE 2011 declared by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) on Friday, May 04, 2012 show that 6 out of the top 25 candidates are female.
In states that have been in the news for discriminating against the girl child, the two women have done Punjab and Haryana proud by topping the civil services examination and bagging the first and second positions.
"I have cleared IAS civil services exam with second rank. My hard work has paid off and I am very happy. I credit my parents teachers friends and above all good for the successful. My teachers at GNDU motivated me to take the civil services exam. Message to aspiring candidates is that consistency hard work and persistence is the key to success. Go for it. If I can do it everybody else can and nothing can stop you," said a delighted Rukmini.
Rukmani, a student of Sacred Heart School, Dalhousie did her class 12 from Shivalik Public School Mohali and her graduation in social sciences from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar in 2008.
Her civil services subjects were political science and sociology.