Tina Dabi, the UPSC examination topper of 2015, shared her story of success with students of her alma mater, Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi on Thursday.
“Wherever I go, I will work against gender discrimination and women empowerment. To whichever district I am posted I want to set an example for my subordinates by working with integrity and empathy,” she said.
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The auditorium was packed with many students who look up to Tina as a source of inspiration, and she had many important things to tell them:“It is important to study smart. What I mean by studying smart is that it is important to focus on strong points and identify the strength and weakness. So I worked on it.”
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When Tina sat for her preliminary exams, her main focus was on the finals. This resulted in her scoring lower than others at the preliminary level, but topping the finals. A political science graduate, Tine has been allotted Rajasthan cadre that she will join after finishing her training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.
The 22-year-old had been the target of a lot of backlash from people who attributed her success to the fact that she belongs to the scheduled caste category. Tina responded to the backlash, saying that a set method of studying is what led her to clear her finals with a good score: “In the beginning when the television and newspaper wrote and said several things about me it affected me a lot. About my marks in the examination and my caste I was upset. But I learnt from all this and now it doesn’t affect me at all.”
Deciding that she does not want to look back, Tina is more optimistic about the future.“It is a man’s world and to fight back we have to develop a very thick skin. Take criticism very constructively, but at the same time fight back and retain your position,” she told the students.