Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 4:
A total of 29 students from Odisha cleared the Indian Civil Services Examinations (ICS)-2014, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the results of which were announced today.
In a first, the top four positions were bagged by women. While Ira Singhal has emerged the all India topper, Renu Raj, Nidhi Gupta and Vandana Rao have secured the second, third and fourth positions respectively.
Among the Odisha students, Ananya Das has secured the top position with 16th rank followed by Muhammed Abdaal Akhtar (35), Lingaraj Panda (38), Kranti Kumar Pati (50), Pamela Satpathy (51), Pravat Mallick (68), Ruturaj (69), Smruti Ranjan Mohanty (87), Sandip Kumar Mallick (102), Arunanshu Giri (132), Abhishek Tripathy (151), Soumya Mishra (177), Padmini Sahu (199), Sushant Kumar Mishra (237), Ashish Kumar Panda (276), Satarupa Mishra (303), Ranjan Agarwal (418), Nanda Dulal Das (493), Rahul Jain (515), Apurba Mishra (654), Amrit Ruturaj (650), Anshuman Mishra (672), Sucharita Das (711), Dhiman Barai (768), Hruday Kumar Das (1079), Sunil Das (1161), Raj Kumar Das (1172), Pareswar Das (1220) and Rakesh Das (1231).
Pamela Satpathy, who secured the 51st position in the examination, said this was her fourth attempt and third interview.
She thanked her husband Dipankar, a doctor by profession, and her in-laws for the support that they gave her.
“He tolerated taunts from friends, acquaintances and neighbours who said he would become a doormat once I become an IPS officer. But he never paid any heed to such things and did all household chores, including cleaning utensils, so that I could prepare for the exams,” Pamela said.
“I worked very hard preparing for the examination. It was a test of patience, perseverance and will power. I am thankful to God who ultimately gave me the reward,” she said.
Expressing happiness over his success, Abhishek Tripathy, who secured 151st rank in the examination, said; “There are two ways of doing things. Either you do your own work by leaving all other work or you do your work with other works. Once you become a bureaucrat, you will constantly be in the middle of chaotic situations. In such situations, it is important to discharge your official duty with a cool mind and at the same time look after your family. This type of training you get from civil service examinations. Yes, there will be distractions either from your parents and relatives or from your friends. Hence it is very important to remain at peace and focussed.”
Tripathy said he is very happy to know that several Odia students have successfully cleared the examinations.
“My message to the aspiring students is one should work with peace and patience and keep away from all negative sources. If you are inspired by anyone or you receive positive response, you should stay with them. If you don’t feel inspired, if you develop negativity and hopelessness, it is dangerous”, he observed.
It was the first time that the UPSC has declared the final results within four days of the closing date of the interviews.
Out of a total of 9.45 lakh, 4.51 lakh had cleared the preliminary examination of which 16,933 candidates qualified for the main examination held in December, 2014.
The examination was held for a total of 1,364 posts.