New Delhi: Over the course of time the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has continuously made efforts to encourage women to enroll in the exams. To encourage more women to apply in the exam, it waives off the application fee for both the preliminary and mains exam. However, still only a few female aspirants apply for the exam as compared to their male counterparts. According to a report published by the Trivedi Centre for Political Data, women officers accounted for only 13 percent of the total 11, 569 IAS officers recruited between 1951 and 2020. Over the years the proportion of women IAS officers in the service has increased but the numbers still haven’t crossed even one-third of the total recruitments.
Despite the gender-based discrimination faced by women at all levels, there are female IAS officers who have triumphed the UPSC exams and are setting an example for other aspirants too. That is the reason their work stands out and they are being crazily followed by people on social media. Let’s meet some of the famous female IAS officers of 2023:
1. IAS Tina Dabi: In 2015, Tina Dabi topped the UPSC exam. She has continued to make headlines ever since because of her success on social media. In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, Dabi isolated the district and shifted the patients to quarantine and isolation wards. She also started monitoring the villages. Lockdown in Bhilwara began much before it was imposed on the nation.
2. IAS Rina Dabi: Ria Dabi, a freshly appointed IAS officer assigned to the Rajasthan Cadre, is the younger sister of Tina Dabi. During her graduation, she was active in many extracurricular activities. She served as the project head for the child development program in the National Service Scheme.
3. Aishwarya Sheoran: Aishwarya Sheoran is a former Miss India finalist, an IAS officer, and a model from the city of Churu, Rajasthan. She pursued Economics (Honours) from SRCC, New Delhi. She gave up her modelling career to succeed in the UPSC exams. For qualifying UPSC, she did not take any coaching for clearing this examination and cleared it on her own without taking anyone’s help.
4. Srushti Deshmukh: In her first attempt, Srushti Jayant Deshmukh received an All India Rank of 5, making her the best female candidate for the UPSC CSE 2018. Currently, she is working towards improving the living conditions of people in rural areas and has been instrumental in the implementation of various government schemes, including the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojana.
5. Pari Bishnoi: In the year 2019, Pari Bishnoi, an Ajmer inhabitant successfully qualified UPSC examination in her third attempt. Bishnoi completed her graduation from University of Delhi. She pursued her Post Graduation in Political Science from MDS University, Ajmer. She also qualified NET-JRF.
6. Smita Sabharwal: Famously known as people’s officer, Smita Sabharwal secured the fourth rank in her Union Public Service Commission exam in 2000. Sabharwal was appointed to the CM’s office in Telangana as Secretary in 2014 with only 13 years of service, two years short of the requirement for the position. Sabharwal rose to prominence during the years when agitations in Andhra Pradesh, over the reorganisation of a separate state, were raging. She has worked across various domains including, health, education and utility sector. Sabharwal introduced the scheme “Fund your City” as the Municipal Commissioner at Warangal. Under this scheme, a large number of public utilities like foot over bridges, traffic junctions, bus stops, parks etc were constructed with public-private partnership.