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New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission on Tuesday said Delhi girl Tina Dabi has topped the 2015 civil services examination, while railway officer Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan from Jammu and Kashmir has got second rank.

Delhi-based Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, an Indian Revenue Service officer, has secured the third position.

Topping the list in her first attempt, a beaming 22-year-old Tina, who graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi, said, “It is indeed a proud moment for me". Twenty three-year-old Athar, who hails from Anantnag in South Kashmir, secured the rank in his second attempt. In his first attempt in 2014, Athar had got through to the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and is presently undergoing training at the Indian Railways Institute of Transport Management, Lucknow.

“It is a dream come true," Athar said, adding, “I will not leave any stone unturned to work for the betterment of the people".

“I have opted for the Jammu and Kashmir cadre also. I will be happy in case I get a chance to work there. I think there is a lot of scope to fulfil the aspirations of the people of my state," he told PTI.

Jasmeet, whose father works at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Delhi, thanked his parents and teachers for his success.

“It is all because of my family, friends and Mukul Pathak sir (who runs a coaching class) that I could secure third rank in the exam," he said. Jasmeet was also selected in the 2014 civil services exam and had got through to the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise).

He is undergoing training at the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics in Faridabad. This was his fourth attempt.

A total of 1,078 candidates, including 499 in the general category, 314 from the Other Backward Class category, 176 from Scheduled Castes and 89 from Scheduled Tribes, have been recommended for appointment to various central government services, UPSC said. There are 172 other candidates in the waiting list.

The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages-- preliminary,mains and interview-- to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

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