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SHILLONG: Ten candidates from the North East, including four from Assam, have cleared the Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2019, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), results of which were declared on Tuesday. However, no candidate from Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram could clear the exams.
The last time a candidate from Meghalaya got into the IAS was in 2013 when Isawanda Laloo cracked the exam after two years of preparation.
Laloo is currently serving as deputy commissioner, South West Khasi Hills.
Before her, Davies NR Marak got into the IPS in 2010. He is the first Garo to clear the Civil Services Exam after a gap of 30 years.
Of the ten successful candidates from the region, four are from Assam, two each from Sikkim and Manipur and one each from Nagaland and Tripura. For Nagaland this has come after a gap of 13 years.
Aranyak Saikia from Assam, son of former DGP Kuladhar Saikia, was ranked 59th. This was Saikia’s third attempt time at clearing the examination.
The three other candidates who passed the UPSC exam 2019 from Assam are Nibedita Dutta (697th rank), Tapan Deka (766th rank) and Kishore Sutradhar (784th rank). Tapan Deka completed his B.Tech in Computer Engineering from NIT Surat and his Post-Graduation in Management from IIM Ahmedabad.
Aranyak had been appointed to the IPS in 2017 and is already serving in Karnataka.
In Manipur, Nongjai Mohd Ali Akram Shah secured the 188th rank while Parikshit Thoudam was ranked 373rd.
In Sikkim, the two who made it this time are Yangchen Doma Bhutia who secured the 677th rank and Zenden Lingzerpa (794th).
Richard Yanthan of Wokha district in Nagaland cleared the Civil Services Exam (CSE), 2019. For Nagaland it was a long wait of 13 long years before a Naga could clear the UPSC exam this time.
Dhiman Chakma, of Kanchanpur, North Tripura has secured the 722nd rank.
Interestingly, Meghalaya is celebrating the success of a lady candidate, albeit not a Meghalayan but one nevertheless connected to the state by virtue of having spent six months here to prepare for her Civil Services Examination. C. Jayasharadha had come to Shillong to prepare for her UPSC exams while also volunteering to work with the government projects here.
Speaking to this correspondent, Jayasharadha said this was her fourth attempt at the CSE and she is happy to have secured the 58th position.
She is currently in Shillong and has been here for two months now on a volunteering mission, informed Sampath Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary, Health.