Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday congratulated Sreedhanya Suresh, the first tribal woman from Kerala to clear the All India civil services exams.
Sreedhanya (22), hailing from Wayanad district, bagged the 410th rank in the Civil Services Examination, 2018.
Other Keralites who got the top ranks in the exam are R Sreelekshmi (rank 29), Ranjana Mary Varghese (rank 49) and Arjun Mohan (rank 66).
"Sreedhanya fought the social backwardness and passed the civil services exam with flying colours. Her achievement will inspire other students in the future," Vijayan said in his Facebook post.
He also congratulated other students from the state who cleared the exam.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi too congratulated Sreedhanya.
In a tweet, Gandhi said, "Sreedhanya's hard work & dedication have helped make her dream come true. I congratulate Sreedhanya and her family and wish her great success in her chosen career."
Gandhi is contesting from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala along with his traditional stronghold of Amethi in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
A total of 29 Keralites have cleared the exam.
"I am from the most backward district in the state. There are no tribal IAS officers from here event though there is a considerably large tribal population. I hope this will be an inspiration and motivation to the future generations to overcome all hurdles," Sreedhanya told media.
Out of the 759 ranks declared today, 577 ranks were bagged by males and 182 by females.
Union Public Service Commission released the results of the written part of Civil Services Examination, 2018 on the official website upsc.gov.in. on Friday evening.
Other seven candidates in the top 10 are Shreyans Kumat, Srushti Jayant Deshmukh, Shubham Gupta, Karnati Varun Redyy, Vaishali Singh, Gunjan Dwivedi and Tanmay Vashistha Sharma.
In a statement, the UPSC said a total of 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) have been recommended by the Commission for appointment to various services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc.
(With inputs from agencies)
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