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Top 5 women IAS Officers in India

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” | Brigham Young


The Women’s Glory

The number of women IAS officers in India is increasing continuously, which shows women have equal hands as men in the progress of the country. When it comes to economic contribution of the country, women are often considered as the second gender and their influence is always overlooked.

But, you will be surprised to know that most toppers in the toughest examination of country are females and they are continuously outshining the men each year. If we look at the last 3 years result, it is women who have dominated the arena and have ceaselessly inspired many women to pursue their dream of becoming an IAS officer.

The role of an IAS office is very dynamic and comes with its challenges. No doubt it needs everlasting commitment and a lot of dedication throughout the career. But as always, women of our country have shown that not only men have sharp minds and strong will power, women have them too. Following are a list of women IAS officers in India who are an inspiration to young women across the country.

Top 5 Top 5 women IAS Officers in India

Poonam Malakondaiah

She is a 1988 batch IAS officer. Poonam Malakondaiah is eminently knows as a dedicated and an honest IAS officer. Often referred as a strong woman she was listed in the India Today survey as India’s third honest IAS officer.

As an efficient women officer, she has worked in many departments, such as: transport, education, civil supply and social welfare. Poonam Malakondaiah always keeps a low profile, but she highly energetic when comes to her work.

Aruna Sundararajan

She is an IAS officer from Kerala Cadre and has played essential role in expansion of e-governance in state of Kerala. Forbes Magazine described her as ‘an IAS officer who thinks like a businesswoman’.

Aruna Sundararajan is famous for her influence as IT secretary in the state of Kerala. She made sure that the state exceeds all the limitations when it comes to e-governance and the prolific result is the proof of how hard she worked to achieve it.

Shantha Sheela Nair

Shantha Sheela Nair is a civil servant with excellent credentials and is very well-known for being able to save Chennai in early 2000s from a water crisis by enforcing a rule to harvest rainwater in specialized drainage tank and dedicated pipes. She made sure that everyone follows the guidelines by imposing a license withdrawal rule if not obeyed.

People were so fond of her in the region she served that many newborns were named after her in the hope that their girl child become like legendary Shantha Sheela Nair.


Mugdha Sinha

Mugdha Sinha is the first woman collector of Jhunjhunu, she is a IAS officer from Rajasthan cadre. She is often praised as fierce and honest, who got transfer from Jhunjhunu for taking on the local mafia. Hearing the news of her transfer, many students and organizations of farmers and trader came out for support of Mugdha Sinha.

She was listed in the India Today survey as India’s fourth honest IAS officer. Her dedication in serving the people is often given example of.  

Smita Sabharwal

Women in our country are in a rage to become first in everything,  Smita Sabharwal is no exception, she is the first woman IAS officer to be appoint to the Chief Minister Office. This is strong message to all those female aspirants that anything is possible. Her belief lies in equality and she strongly advices that everyone should equal part in developing the society, particularly our youngsters of the country, who can do a lot for the country through civil services.

She is well-known for many of her works, the most notable one being the “Fund Your City” project during her term as Municipal Commissioner, Warangal.


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