Topper Story - IRA SINGHAL Background
|Cleared UPSC Examinations
||in 2010 – Joined IRS
|School (Class 10th)
|School (Class 12th)
||Army Public School, Dhaula kaun
||She has a keen interest in football
||B.E (Computer engineering) from Netaji Subhas Institute Of Technology
||(M.B.A) in marketing and finance from the faculty of management studies, University of Delhi.
Ira Singhal UPSC topper is a 2015 batch IAS officer. She had scored the highest marks in UPSC's Civil Services Exams for the year 2014. She completed her B.E.from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University. Ira topped the exam in her 4th attempt to become the first differently-abled woman to top the civil service exams in the unreserved, i.e., general category.
Ira Singhal was born in Meerut to Rajendra Singhal and Anita Singhal. Her father is an engineer, and her mother is an insurance advisor. Ira was among the toppers at Sophia Girls School, Meerut, and Loreto Convent School, Delhi. Ira has scoliosis, a spine-related disorder that disrupts her arm movement. Ira Singhal completed her schooling at the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, studied Computer Engineering at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, & received a dual MBA in Marketing & Finance from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. Ira scored 1,082 marks out of a total of 2,025 (including interviews) and secured 53.43% in UPSC Exam 2014-2015.
In spite of clearing the toughest exam on her 1st attempt, she faced institutional opposition and was not permitted to take the position in office due to her bodily infirmity as the administration pointed out her inability to push, pull, and lift. Ira Singhal was refused a posting because she has scoliosis. Scoliosis is a disease in which abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. This disease is most often diagnosed in childhood or early adolescence.
In 2012 Ira Singhal filed a case in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) & won after four years, and later she was given a posting as Asst. Commissioner in Indian Revenue Service (IRS). She again gave the civil service examination in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 and in the first three attempts, Ira got Indian Revenue Service (IRS), whereas, in 2015, she got Indian Administrative Service(IAS).
After the MBA, before appearing for Civil Services Examination in 2010, Ira Singhal worked as a Strategy Manager in Cadbury India & as a marketing intern at the Coca-Cola Company. Ira has also taught Spanish for a year. She has been posted as Assistant Collector (trainee) in the Government of Delhi since June 2016. Ira Singhal is the Brand Ambassador for the Department of Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), Indian Government. Ira was also one of the brand ambassadors for the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) & NITI Aayog and is on the National Panel for Accessible Elections, Election Commission of India (ECI). She has also been a part of the Designing of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination Policy with respect to children with disabilities.
Ira Singhal's countless rewards include:
India Today's Woman of the Year in 2015,
Presidential Gold Medal for Topping the IAS Training,
1st Ladies of India Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India.
Ira also registers her name in the Limca Book of Records.
She has been a vocal on wide-ranging topics like education, disability, gender issues, skill development, career counseling, etc., at more than 500 international & national conferences, industry forums, universities, colleges, and other top institutions of the country, including Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). She has been working on various social causes, including empowerment of persons with disabilities, empowerment, and promotion of the Transgender community, women empowerment, prevention of child labor and child marriages, prevention of illegal conversion of green lands, promotion of green energy, skill development, promotion of mental health & promotion of khadi and indigenous fabrics. Ira Singhal helped to liberate around 340 children and bonded laborers and restored them to their families within one year in her first posting as SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), Alipur in the North Delhi district. She is a classic example of social justice, as she was the first person to give employment to a transgender person full-time employment in a government office in Delhi.