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Rukmani Riar: UPSC CS topper rank 2

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Rukmani Riar upsc topper

Rukmani Riar has scored rank 2 in the civil services exam 2011.

She was a student at TISS Social Entrepreneur course, batch 2008-2010 when her age was 21.

She is a gold medallist and a dual honours in Sociology and Political Science.


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Rukmani Riar is committed to the cause of amalgamating the compassion of the non-profit world with the effectiveness and efficiency of business. She completed her schooling from Sacred Heart High Convent, Dalhousie and is at Merit Certificate holder at the Matriculation Level for outstanding academic performance throughout the schooling years. She was awarded a Dual-Honours Degree in Political Science and Sociology and was presented with a gold medal by her University, for standing 1st for three consecutive years during graduation.

She has written awareness papers like, ‘Struggle with Reality: Women and their working conditions’; ‘Skewed Sex Ratio in India: a case of immediate concern’; ‘Justice and the Indian Judicial System: need and directions of reforms’; ‘trial by media’; ‘Juvenile Delinquency: A sociological perspective’ etc. She interned with the Co-operative Credit Society of an NGO by the name of “Annapurna Mahila Mandal” in the field of microfinance. The work involved conduction of baseline surveys in 4 urban slums in Mumbai to trace the possibility of micro-credit and critically examine the working of microfinance sector in India

T.I.S.S has made her realise her responsibility towards the underprivileged, and today this responsiveness drives her life.

Source: Click on the link to go to the Google sites page of TISS.

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May 4th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

What is the significance of fee remission for females in the UPSC Prelim exam?

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Please see this post on the same issue on this blog before reading this. On the same forum a new elaborate comment on this matter by a forum member:

It is true that the government does many things on the gender front without following it whole-heartedly (such as the gender budgeting by Chidambaram). Still in my opinion, this has a lot more than what meets the eye.

1. It is a clear policy statement by the UPSC/government. It has no tangible benefits except the 50 Rupees for the womenfolk but it will have ramifications. They may extend it to all other UPSC exams (ideally they should) including the Civil Services Main examination. Maybe someday the reservation for women in the parliament will also become a reality.

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January 7th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Sonali Dutta, RIP

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Sonali Dutta, was an active member of the Interview Prep for IAS forum.  She passed away recently in a car crash.

The following info is by Ellora her friend who posted this message in the forum (visit the link above, page may have been removed due to bugs or some Orkut issue).

She had been badly wounded when her Skoda was crushed by a lorry driven by a drunkard on Diwali day 2009..She fought bravely for the next 2 months,but could not carry on any further after 30th Dec 2009..She is survived by her parents & brother Shubhro,who is a 1st year Engineering student in IIT Mumbai..This a moment of trauma & intense grief for the family..I have been requested by Shubhro to pass on this heart-wrenching message to all her friends & well wishers in this community..

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January 6th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Debate on the fee exemption to females in the UPSC Prelims

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UPSC aspirants and students (including females) are debating the utility and futility of the fee remission that has been made available to the women applicants now along with the SCs, STs and the PH candidates. These are excerpts (as on 12 pm, 5 Jan, 09) of the debate on a forum (link may have expired).

Not all agree that this move by UPSC vis-a-vis the Civil Services examination will lead to some kind of empowerment etc. and that it is a mere tokenism. Please note that all views in block quotes below are by students/participants in the said forum.

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January 5th, 2010 at 12:08 am

UPSC will not charge any examination fee from females

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In the recently notified UPSC Civil Services Examination (also called the IAS Exam/examination by many), the Union Public Service Commission has decided to give fee exemption to females along with the SCs, STs and the PH category. This is a welcome step and probably will be admitted in the UPSC examination system and be applied to all the exams conducted by the commission.

Please note that this fee is the remission on the 50 Rupees fee to be paid after buying the application form. Women and everyone else (including the SC, ST, PH category candidates) have to buy the UPSC forms in 20 Rupees and there is no fee rebate on that.

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January 4th, 2010 at 6:10 pm