She is just 22 but Tina Dabi set a record of sorts by becoming not only one of the youngest persons to stand first in the prestigious civil services examinations but doing so in the first attempt.
A graduate of the Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi girl Tina was beaming with enthusiasm at the outcome of her months long hard work.
Tina Dabi with the father, mother and sister. IANS
Tina did not conceal her joy before a gaggle of reporters gathered at her residence – a government quarter in Central Delhi – to cover her achievement. “It is like a dream!” she said adding, “I am happy that I passed the exams because I did give in a lot of effort.”
Tina will join the Haryana cadre because she aims to work towards gender equality and the state is notorious for its skewed sex ratio and gender discrimination.
Her mother told reporters that though she expected her studious daughter’s name to appear in the merit list, she did not expect her to come first. Her father, Jaswant Dabi, too shared the same thoughts.
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Tina has a distinguished academic record (she scored 97 per cent in humanities in Class 12th), but to her teachers at school she is the girl who volunteered to teach underprivileged students as part of a mentorship programme. To the aspirants Tina says, “Do not lose hope. This requires a lot of patience. Everyday appears depressing, but persistence and determination is what can take you through.”
Tina hails from a Dalit family and that fact made many proud.
Congratulations also poured in from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders.
The rank two holder was Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan from Jammu and Kashmir. Shafi Khan has decided to join his home cadre of J&K.
He said that his inspiration was his grandfather, an illiterate farmer whose hard work taught Shafi a lot. A total of 1,078 candidates who cleared the exams, 499 are from the general category, 314 belong to other backward classes, 176 from scheduled castes, and 89 from scheduled tribes.