“Behind failure there is the key of
Success” - IRA SINGHAL
The UPSC topper 2015 enlightened the students at USTM
21, Khanapara: “Acquiring the depth, clear concept on the
subject without overlooking any small content of the syllabus,
interest on subject chosen, dedication and passion for
achieving success is the core factors to be relied on. On
failure one need to put repeated attempts but without
frustration, not be greedy and over confident. Finally if you
could not succeed, follow the second alternative profession
you like as a future career and consider whatever knowledge
you have acquired during preparation is your power and
resource for future” these are the words of Ira Singhal, the
IAS Topper-2015 while addressing the students at University of
Science & Technology, Meghalaya on 21st August, 2015 for a day
long interactive session with more than two thousand aspiring
IAS students of different colleges & schools including
students from Regional Institute of Science & Technology &
USTM. She was here on a special invitation by USTM to motivate
the students for excelling in the IAS examination particularly
from the North Eastern Region.
Ira Singhal is the first differently abled candidate to top
the IAS examination in the general category. Suffering from a
spine-related disorder, Scoliosis, which disrupts her arm
movement, Singhal refuses to let her disability bog her down.
This is 31-year old Ira Singhal's fourth attempt at the
examination. She is currently posted as an Assistant
Commissioner in the Customs & Excise department of the Indian
Revenue Services. In the year 2010 too, she had cleared the
examination but was refused a posting because of her
disability, not one to let things take their own course, she
not only moved the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) with
her case but also won it and was inducted in 2014.
On a reply to another question, which will be better option to
serve the society either being a IAS officer or being a
Politician? She replied saying both are good profession if you
are honest, it depends on the individual and maintain honesty
with the profession. If you want to serve the society from
behind the scene better be an IAS officer and if you want to
serve with visibility better try to be politician.
In a reply to another question on her success, she replied if
you have courage, passion and determination, no one can stop
you from achieving what is meant for you, all that requires is
just hard work, self confidence and perseverance.
In reply to a question regarding corruption she assured that
she will try her level best to stop corruption at least in the
district wherever she will be posted. Also she will encourage
more & more women empowerment without discrimination.