First physically challenged woman to top IAS – Ira Singhal

19 September 2016


Ira Singhal, the first differently abled woman to top the Union Public Service Commission examination. Ira is from Meerut. Her father Rajendra Singhal is an engineer and her mother Anita Singhal is an insurance advisor. Ira suffers from a spine-related disorder, Scoliosis, owing to this; she has difficulty moving her arm.  She has done her schooling from Loreto Convent and The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. She has been topper throughout her schooling. Ira holds an MBA in Marketing and a BE in Computer Engineering. She studied Computer Engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and received Dual MBA in Marketing & Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi.

After completing her MBA, she worked as a Strategy Manager in Cadbury India and as a marketing intern at the Coca-Cola Company. Ira is proficient in Spanish and she taught it for a year.

In 2010, Ira cleared UPSC Civil Services Examination. She completed training but at the time of posting, she was refused to take the position in office citing her physical disability as a criterion for ineligibility. This is when her journey started off as a challenge. She refused to let her disability bog her down. Ira filed a case in the Central Administrative Tribunal, that later went on in her favour and she got posting after four years.

In 2014, she appeared for UPSC again and this time she topped the exam and become the first physically challenged woman to top the civil services exam in the general category. She was the highest scoring individual in the UPSC’s Civil Services Examination for the year 2014. She is currently posted as Assistant Collector (trainee) in the Government of Delhi.

Ira is a patriot and change maker at heart and wants to work for her country.  Hats-off!

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