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Ira Singhal

Ira Singhal

 

EARLY LIFE

 

  • Singhal was born in Meerut to Rajendra Singhal and Anita Singhal. Her father is an engineer and his 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.
EDUCATION

 

  • 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.
CAREER

 

  • • She had previously worked with Cadbury India as a strategy manager and interned in marketing with the Coca Cola Company.
  • 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.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).
  • 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).
  • She is the Brand Ambassador for Department of Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
 INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES CONTRIBUTIONS

 

  • 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 .
  • 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 has been working towards various social causes She rescued around 340 child and bonded labourers and restored them to their families, within 1 year in her first posting as SDM.
  • She is also the first person to give a job to a transgender person fulltime employment in a government office in Delhi.