23rd Jun 2021   |   Glow & Lovely Careers   |     |  
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5 IAS women officers who are a source of inspiration to Indian girls

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Administrative Services were assumed to be male-oriented and male-dominated professions.

Globalization and exposure gave girls the direction they required, and as a result, they have taken over the podium and are being equally in the front.

Today we have many women Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers who refused to be chained by limitations, broke them, and attained new heights of achievement. Here are inspiring stories of 5 such successful women IAS officers.

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  1. Annies Kanmani Joy- She decided on an early lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in breaking the transmission chain successfully. Her biggest challenge during IAS preparation was the lack of books. But she overcame this situation by using newspapers as her reference material. She secured 65th rank in IAS Examination and emerged victorious due to her sheer determination and efforts.

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  1.  Smita Sabharwal How many girls do we know who have passed the UPSC exam at the age of 23?

Smita is one of the youngest officers to pass this exam and become an IAS officer.

When Smita appeared for the UPSC exam the first time, she failed. But that did not stop her from trying again.

She worked hard and appeared for the exam again next year. Smita not only passed the exam this time, but she also was one of the toppers!

This was just the beginning. 

Smita is popularly known as the ‘People’s Officer’ and has many awards to her credit. Indian Express Devi Award for Innovation, Government award for Digital Initiative and even the Chief Minister’s Award for best district! 

She was also nominated for the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in public service!

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  1.  Aruna Sundararajan- Aruna Sundararajan is not only an IAS officer but also the Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) secretary.

She started a project to train people with basic digital skills. When a woman learns, she does not learn alone. And Aruna Sundararajan is an example of this thought. 

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  1. Ira Singhal- Ira Singhal is an inspiration to any youth who is physically restricted. A Computer Engineer from Delhi, she chose to appear for IAS Examination. Despite clearing her civil service examination in the first attempt, she was not allowed to take position due to her physical limitation.  Her aim of overcoming her limitation not only earned her the position of an IAS officer, but she also became the brand ambassador of the Dept. of Disability as well as one of the designers of the CBSE Examination policy concerning Children with disabilities.

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  1.  Tina Dabi- Tina Dabi is the first-ever Scheduled Caste girl to secure the first rank in IAS Examination. Tina cracked the examination at the age of 22 and credited her rank to hard work and analytical nature. Tina was in the news again when she successfully handled the Pandemic situation in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

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