[Tina Dabi (ANI Photo)]
New Delhi: Tina Dabi, the Delhi girl, who has topped the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2015, on Tuesday, said she was sure about being shortlisted but securing the number one spot was something beyond her dreams.
Dabi also said the secret mantra of her success are hard work, patience, focus, discipline and family support.
"I am surprised. But at the same time happy and very ecstatic. I did believe that I would make it to the list but being number one is something beyond my dreams. The secret formula to my success is lot of hard work, lots of patience and being blessed with a very hardworking mother," Dabi told ANI.
Topping the list in her first attempt, the 22-year-old girl, has graduated from the Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi University.
"I love studying. I used to study 10, 12 and 14 hours a day. And I guessed that it worked in my favour that I never lost patience and always used to believe in my abilities", she said.
"I never thought that Civil Service Examinations is a very tough exam, is very time consuming. Patience, focus, discipline and family support, I suppose worked in my favour", she added.
Union Public Service Commission on Tuesday declared the finals results of Civil Services Examination 2015 with Tina Dabi securing the first rank. The second and third ranks have been bagged by Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan and Jasmeet Singh Sandhu respectively.
While Tina Dabi is from Delhi, Athar Khan belong to Jammu and Kashmir. Athar belongs to a modest village of Devipora in South Kashmir's Anantnag district. He is the youngest boy, 22, to crack the exam from the valley.
Artika Shukla and Shashank Tripathi secured the fourth and fifth positions respectively in the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The results are important for Jammu and Kashmir as before Athar Khan, Dr Shah Faisal had topped the UPSC Civil Service exams in 2010.
Ansar Shaikh of Jalna in Maharashtra is another candidate who has cracked the exam at the age of 22.
A total number of 1078 successful candidates have been recommended for appointment to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Central Services, Group 'A' and Group 'B'.
The successful candidates include 499 from the General category, 314 other backwards castes, 176 Scheduled Castes and 89 Scheduled Tribes.
Also among the succesful are 17 candidates of Zakat Foundation of India (ZFI) - a charity organisation running free coaching for Civil Services Exams.
A total of 33 Muslims are also in the list. But, only Athar Aamir Khan is the only one who is among top 100. The UPSC recommends postings based on the ranking of candidates.
There are 180 vacancies in IAS, 45 in IFS, 150 in IPS, 728 in Central Services Group 'A' and 61 in Group 'B' Services. This includes 46 vacancies for the physically handicapped.