After UPSC exams,the female brigade has now outsmarted the males in the Maharashtra Public Service Commissions (MPSC) exams. Girls clinched the first three ranks with Punes Shama Dhok-Pawar securing first rank.
Prashali Jadhav and Paurnima Chougule ranked second and third in the state. The first seven toppers have been trained by the city-based Dnyan Prabodhini Competitive Exam Centre. The MPSC declared the results of 2006 exams on Monday. Nilesh Kshirsagar,Sonal Sonkavade,Priyanka Kambale,Nitin Vyavhare and Shreemant Harkare are also among toppers in different categories.
Another peculiarity of the results this time is Shama and Prashali who ranked first and second respectively are horticulture graduates. Nilesh who ranked first among boys is an ayurveda doctor.
Prashali is presently working as a technical assistant in National Horticulture Mission. She hails from Kodoli village in Satara and her father and mother are farmers. A hardworking student,Prashali got less marks in class 12 exams even after working hard. She pursued horticulture course from Dr Panabrao Deshmukh Agriculture College,Akola and ranked first in the state. She then did MSc from Agriculture College,Pune.
I am absolutely thrilled, said Prashali. I worked hard for it as I wanted to become an administrative officer. My family supported me a lot, she said.
Savita Kulkarni,head of Dnyan Prabodhini Competitive Exam Centre said it was good to see the girls doing well in the competitive exams. However,the percentage of the girls appearing for MPSC exams is always higher than UPSC. There is a greater awareness of this exam among girls in the state, she said.
Kulkarni said the pattern of the MPSC exams had changed. It is now along the lines of UPSC with 1,600 marks for the written exam and 200 marks for the interview. The candidates preparing UPSC now find it easy to attempt MPSC exams. It is better that the exams got analytical in nature, she said.