Ira Singhal

Ira Singhal is 2015 batch, AGMUT cadre Indian Administrative Service officer. She was the highest scoring individual in the UPSC's Civil Services Examination for the year 2014. She completed her B.Tech. from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi. Singhal topped the exam in her fourth attempt, to become the first differently abled woman to top the civil services exam in the general category.[1]

Ira Singhal
Assistant Collector
Government of Delhi
In office
June 2016  Present
Personal details
Born31 August 1983 (age 36)
Meerut, India
Alma materNetaji Subhas University of Technology
University of Delhi
Known forAll India Topper in CSE 2014
EmployerGovernment of India
OrganizationGovernment of Delhi

Early life and education

Singhal was born in Meerut[2] to Rajendra Singhal and Anita Singhal. Her father is an engineer and mother is an insurance advisor. She was among the toppers at Sophia Girls School, Meerut and Loreto Convent School, Delhi. Ira has scoliosis, a spine-related disorder, which disrupts her arm movement.[2] She completed her schooling from the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan and studied Computer Engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and received Dual MBA in Marketing & Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. She scored 1,082 marks out of a total 2,025 and secured 53.43% in UPSC Exam 2014-2015.[3]


Despite clearing the toughest exam in her very first attempt, Singhal was not allowed to take the position in office due to her physical disability as authorities cited her inability to push, pull and lift. She was refused a posting because she has scoliosis.[4][5] In 2012 she filed a case in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) and won after four years, after which she was given a posting as Assistant Commissioner in Indian Revenue Service (C&CE).[6] Singhal gave the civil service examination in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and in the first three attempts she got Indian Revenue Service where as in 2015 she got Indian Administrative Service(IAS).

After MBA, before appearing for Civil Services Examination in 2010, she worked as a Strategy Manager in Cadbury India and as marketing intern at the Coca-Cola Company. She has also taught Spanish for a year. She is posted as Assistant Collector (trainee) in the Government of Delhi since June 2016.[7][8]

She is the Brand Ambassador for Department of Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.[9] She is also one of the brand ambassadors for Ministry of Women and Child Development & NITI Aayog and is on the National Panel for Accessible Elections, Election Commission of India . She has also been a part of the Designing of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Examination Policy with regard to children with disabilities .Her innumerable awards include India Today’s Woman of the Year 2015, President's Gold Medal for Topping the IAS Training, First Ladies of India Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She is also recorded in the Limca Book of Records.

She has been a speaker on wide-ranging issues like education, disability, gender issues, skill development, career counseling, etc. at more than 500 international and national conferences, industry forums, universities, colleges and other top institutions of the country including IIMs and IITs. She has been working towards various social causes including empowerment of persons with disabilities, empowerment and promotion of Transgender community, women empowerment, prevention of child labour and child marriages, prevention of illegal conversion of green lands, promoting green energy, skill development, promotion of mental health and promotion of khadi and indigenous fabrics. She rescued around 340 child and bonded labourers and restored them to their families, within 1 year in her first posting as SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), Alipur in North Delhi district. She is also the first person to give a job to a transgender person full-time employment in a government office in Delhi.


  1. "A great moment for me and my family, says Ira Singhal". The Hindu. 4 July 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  2. "Not eligible to be sweeper, but I'm IAS officer: UPSC topper Ira". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  3. "Ira Singhal IAS Topper Rank 1 Interview , Profile, Family and Marriage". IAS Paper. 26 October 2017.
  4. "First physically challenged woman to top IAS, Ira Singhal tells how her disability was never an excuse : How I made it". Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  5. "Meet 2014 UPSC topper Ira Singhal, who was earlier barred from civil services due to her disability - Firstpost". Retrieved 15 November 2015.
  6. "A Special Victory: This Woman Just Topped India's Toughest Exam Beating Disability And Discrimination". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  7. "Ira Singhal". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. "IRA SINGHAL CSE 2014, AIR 1 has a Lesson You Must Learn". Retrieved 27 April 2017.
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