Sikkim’s Aparajita Rai, a trailblazing individual, has achieved remarkable success in the esteemed Civil Services examinations conducted by the UPSC. Hailing from Sikkim, she holds the distinction of becoming the state’s first female IPS officer.
Her journey towards this momentous achievement began in 2010 when she first attempted the UPSC Civil Services test and secured an impressive 768th rank. Undeterred by the challenges, Aparajita persisted and reappeared for the exam in 2011, soaring higher with a commendable 358th rank.
During her rigorous training, Aparajita earned accolades for her outstanding performance. She received the prestigious 1958 Batch IPS Officers’ Trophy for the best Lady Outdoor Probationer, the Shri Umesh Chandra Trophy for Field Combat, the 55th Batch of Senior Course Officers Trophy for Best Turn Out, and the West Bengal Government Trophy for Bengali.
In her interviews, Aparajita expressed a strong desire to create awareness among the youth about civil services. Her aspiration is to inspire more individuals to consider joining this noble profession, where she believes they can contribute positively to society.
Aparajita’s determination to serve the public can be traced back to her childhood experiences. Having lost her father, a divisional forest officer, at a tender age, she witnessed the insensitivity of some government employees towards the public. This fueled her resolve to become a part of the system and work towards bringing about positive change.
An exceptional student, Aparajita Rai was a state topper in school and secured an impressive 95 percent in the ISC exams. She was honored with the Best Girl All-Rounder Shrimati Ratna Pradhan Memorial Trophy at Tashi Namgyal Academy.
After completing her secondary education, she cleared the National Admission Test (NAT) and pursued a BA LLB (Hons) degree from the prestigious West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences in Kolkata in 2009.
Her journey to becoming Sikkim’s first female IPS officer has been one of dedication, hard work, and perseverance. Aparajita Rai’s achievement serves as an inspiration for many aspiring civil servants, and her commitment to serving the nation is commendable.