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UPSC Civil Services topper Tina Dabi from LSR, DU wants to join IAS Haryana Cadre while 22-year .Tina Dabi said that Patience, focus, discipline and family support worked in her favor.

Tina Dabi further wants to be a role model for girls aspiring to clear the prestigious examination.

“I opted for Haryana because it presents such an interesting example, where you have a lot of economic progress but when it comes to social indicators you are lagging behind, and that is a very big paradox.” “What is actually holding Haryana back is its patriarchal mindset and the gender inequality, which is a subject very close to my heart, since I am a woman from a progressive family and have also studied in a college that lays great emphasis on gender equality, so that is something I want to change about the state,” she said.

Born in Bhopal, Tina moved to Delhi with her parents and younger sister when she was in Class VII. She completed her schooling from the Convent of Jesus and Mary, opting for humanities in Class XI, by which time she had also started seriously considering attempting the civil services examination.


Himali Dabi, her mother, trained as an engineer. Father Jaswant Dabi works in the Department of Telecom. “My parents were the ones who suggested I consider a career in the services. They felt this was something I had a flare for, that I had the requisite qualities required for a bureaucrat, and could master the field.

They were the ones who encouraged and guided me to consider it, and when I did some research myself, I realized this is what I wanted to do.” A graduate in political science from Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University, Tina spent a year attending coaching for the UPSC examinations, waiting until she reached the eligibility age of 21. She studied for 8 to 10 hours a day and gives the credit for her success to “strategy and planning”, placing emphasis on “having a schedule, weekly targets, and being disciplined and focused”. “You feel lonely and you feel depressed because this is such a difficult exam. Other parts of your life become almost non-existent, so patience I think is also key.” A painter of Madhubani art, a voracious reader, and a “big Jane Austen fan”, Tina gives most of the credit for her results to her mother, saying, “I’ve never seen anyone give up so much, make so many sacrifices, to fulfill my dreams. She is my role model. I’ve never seen anyone more humble, honest, and sincere or hard working.” Mother Himali said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. We knew she would come in the merit list, but we never ever imagined she would top. As a parent I am very happy she is doing what she wants, that is all that matters.

Great results are wonderful but that is not the main focus. I would say let the children do what they enjoy doing. There shouldn’t be any parental pressure on them. We hear of so many children going to places like Kota and being under so much pressure.

Written By- Neetu Jaiswal


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