Irony of life: You can become an IAS officer but not eligible to be a sweeper

“(The) irony is that on medical and physical grounds, I am not eligible to be an IRS, a clerk or even a sweeper, but the rules do allow me to become an IAS (officer),” said Ira Singhal after she secured the first rank in the coveted Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination.   She will become an IAS officer, though just four years back, she was barred from becoming an IRS officer based on her disability.

Without doubt, Ira has infused a sense of respect, confidence and self-belief in future aspirants of the civil services exam, who felt heart-broken due to any kind of reason.  India, as they say, is a land of dilemmas and complexities, and this is a classic example of such a situation. However, Ira defeated every problem on her way to the top in the general category, making her the first differently-abled person to top the prestigious examination.


Let’s pay our respect to this wonderful person who has given a new hope to people with disabilities to keep pursuing their dreams.

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