Dr. Shena Aggarwal UPSC Rank 2011 − 1st Rank

Optionals: Medical Science & Psychology

AIIMS alumnus Dr Shena Aggarwal, who topped the examination in her third attempt, born and brought up in Yamunanagar in Haryana. She completed her MBBS at AIIMS in 2009. Daughter of a dentist, she topped the CBSE Pre Medical Test (PMT) in 2004 and is already training for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in Nagpur. In the 2010 Civil Services Examiniation, she ranked 305.

Complimenting her background in medicine for the job a bureaucrat, she says that to change the face of public health as an administrator her training and that too in the top notch institution of India will surely come in handy. “I amd elated. I don't think people expect to top the UPSC in their wildest dreams. The phone hasn't stopped ringing. To be honest, the news is yet to sink in.” She said.

She attributes the jump to Rank 1 to diligent preparation in her chosen subjects____medicine and psychology. “When it comes to preparation for the UPSC, there can be no shortcut. Obviously, since I had taken the exam once before, I had a certain edge. There were no surprises this year,” she said.

Despite her busy IRS training schedule in Nagpur, she dedicated 5 − 6 hours a day in preparing for the 2011 examination.

Courtesy: Civil Services Chronicle