08 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Results of Odisha Civil Services Examination 2018, which were declared on Monday, came as a surprise for sportswomen-cum-police constable Ritu Singh(26) who is presently serving at district police headquarters in Koraput.
Sharing her experience with OMMCOM NEWS she said, "I was returning from office in a bus when my brother-in-law called me and asked if I have seen the results. I had not expected to crack it in the first attempt but on checking the results I found to have secured 204 rank."
Second among three daughters of Raja Ram Singh and Ranju Devi of Jeypore, Ritu has completed her schooling from Modern English School and higher education from Vikram Deb Autonomous College. From her early years she was interested in cricket and gradually became a state-level cricket player.
In 2011, she was selected the captain of U-19 Women's Cricket Team of Odisha. It was in 2015 she was appointed as constable in the Koraput Police Headquarters on the basis of a Meritorious Sportsperson. She decided in 2018 to prepare for the civil services and took a gap from cricket.
However, the journey was not easy for Ritu. Without any access to formal coaching, she referred to video tutorials on YouTube, framed her own strategies, read newspapers and prepared for 10-12 hours daily.
Though she was a bit doubtful, she gained confidence after clearing the Prelims. A laptop gifted by her brother-in-law after the Prelims further motivated her to prepare for the Mains. She eventually cleared it and the result of the viva voce was also beyond her expectations.
Following declaration of the results, Ritu was felicitated by Koraput SP Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo on Tuesday with best wishes for her bright future.
As an OAS officer, Riut wants to work for upliftment of her district. "Koraput is considered as a backward district. There is a communication gap and lack of facilities. I want to connect all the facilities till my district and address the loopholes," she said.