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TNN | Posted on Tuesday, May 31,2022 12:11

UPSC CSE 2021: Kolkata girl Ankita Agarwal, AIR 2 topper, is St Stephen’s College alumnus

It was in her third attempt that Kolkata girl Ankita Agarwal secured the second AIR rank in the UPSC CSE 2021 examinations, the results of which were declared yesterday (May 30). She made her first attempt in 2019, securing the 239th All India Rank and later attempted the exam in 2020 after quitting a corporate job.

While Ankita hails from Kolkata, she has completed Economics Honours from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University in 2017. Thereafter, she has worked for Dalberg, a consultancy firm for about a year, focusing on countries like Bangladesh. Thereafter, in 2018, she left her corporate job for UPSC CSE preparation.

Her optional subject was Political Science and her first preference in UPSC was IAS, followed by IPS. Passionate about reading, she also used to play basketball. The daughter a businessman father in Kolkata, she would like to work dedicatedly for her country.

In a media interview, she had said earlier that the issues of poverty, unemployment, climate change, etc are prevalent everywhere and she would like to work on them.

She is of the opinion that consistency is the key to success in the UPSC and had left all social media platforms since she felt they were too distracting.

In the recently released UPSC Civil Services 2021 Examination results, all the three toppers are female. While Shruti Sharma secured AIR 1, Ankita Agarwal and Gamini Singla bagged AIR 2 and 3 ranks respectively. Overall, 685 candidates have been recommended for final appointment by Union Public Service Commission this year.

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