First Female IPS Officer Of Sikkim
Aparajita Rai was born in a well-educated family. Her father was a divisional forest officer & mother was a graduate school teacher. Rai was a brilliant student from her school days. At the time of her schooling, probably at the age of 8 years old, she lost her father & it was a tough situation to handle at her home. Rai noticed the insensitive attitude of government officials towards people. Later on, she decided to become a part of this system and will be much responsive towards the people’s problems.
In Tashi Namgyal Academy, she received “The Best Girl All Rounder Shrimati Ratna Pradhan Memorial Trophy” for scoring 95% in ISC exams & stood as a state topper. Later on, she completed her BA LLB from National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in both Jurisprudence and Public Administration. The National University gave her a gold medal for the best performance. In the year of 2010, she secured 768th rank out of 920 in her first attempt of CSE.
At the free time, she used to learn & work on many things. Most of the time is spent on learning guitar and doing aerobics. At an early age, she found a gap between the government officials and the public. So to fill the gap she decided her vision to become a public servant & to give quick response & solutions to the public problems.
“Anyone who comes to me should not face the same harassment or agony which people generally encounter in government offices,” Rai says.
Her biggest achievements are:
Trophy for the best Lady Outdoor Probationer in 1958 Batch IPS Officers.
Shri Umesh Chandra Trophy for Field Combat.
The 55th Batch of Senior Course Officers Trophy for Best Turn Out and West Bengal Govt Trophy for Bengali.
Another beautiful & inspiring quotation from Rai: “There is no awareness about Civil Services. Majority of us think that the best we can get is a government job. Many young guys from Sikkim don’t want to go out and compete. It is only when you sharpen your edges, you will be sharp,”.
In 2011 she cracked UPSC and became the first women to get such a highest rank. Later on, she was allocated IPS cadre after getting 358th rank in UPSC 2012 examinations. First women IPS officer of Sikkim & currently she was posted in Hoogly.
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