Geetanjali Brandon


Jaipur girl Gitanjali Brandon gets sixth rank, aspires to join IFS



A Jaipur girl Geetanjali Brandon has secured 6th position in USPC 2012 examinations. Brandon is among the half-a-dozen candidates from state who have secured their place in the merit of the civil service exam. Jodhpur boy Namit Mehta also features on the national merit list on the 13th spot.

“I have been working with an international law firm and have interest on global issues therefore I opted for Indian foreign Service(IFS),” says Geetnjali, whose father IAS officer Rohit R Brandon stood beaming by her side.

For Gitanjali the post-liberalisation period has been in a flux in India and now the bureaucracy is also changing. “There are more technocrats, lawyers, MBAs and other professionals who are going for the civil service exams,” an overjoyed Geetanjali told press.

“I have always wanted to represent India on a global level. I wish I can add to the country’s diplomatic strength, which is very low at the moment,” says Geetanjali on her decision to choose IFS over IAS.

For the second successive year, the top two positions in the Civil Services Examination have been bagged by women—an AIIMS graduate and a social scientist.

Shena Aggarwal who has topped the list is an MBBS doctor from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) .

The second rank has been secured by Rukmani Riar, a PG from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

2,417 candidates were selected for the personality test conducted in April 2012, out of which UPSC has finally recommended 910 candidates. The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination was conducted in June last year.

A total of 4.73L candidates applied for this examination, out of which 2.43L appeared for the examinations. 11,984 candidates were declared qualified for the main examination.

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