Five National Law University Delhi graduates have made it to the merit list of the UPSC Civil Service Examination, 2017. Saumya Sharma ('17) AIR 9, Aditya Vikram Yadav ('16) AIR 72, Kavya Tangirala ('17) AIR 381, Ritiraj ('16) AIR 583 and Karan Choudhary ('15) AIR 821 have cleared the Civil Services Examination.
Saumya Sharma graduated from NLU Delhi in 2017 and cracked the Civil Services exam in her first attempt, with all-India Ranking 9. Saumya is the founder of ‘Enable’, a group representing students with disabilities at NLU Delhi. As an initial agenda of the group, the group focuses on orthopaedic, hearing, and visual impairment. The Delhi High Court took cognizance of Saumya’s letter last year, and extended the benefits of reservation and age relaxation under the PWD category to the students with hearing impairment.
Aditya Vikram Yadav, alumnus of the fourth batch of NLU Delhi, secured the 72nd rank in the UPSC exam this year. He had secured AIR 302 last year and was training for the Indian Revenue Services. An all-rounder, Aditya was the convenor of the Student Welfare Committee at NLU Delhi. Aditya, who hails from Aligarh, studied at the Sanskriti School, New Delhi. His father, Manoj Yadav, is the Joint Director of the Intelligence Bureau in Delhi and Aditya’s mother, Vinita Yadav, is a Director at the Quality Council, New Delhi.
Kavya Tangirala, originally from Hyderabad, has been living in New Delhi for the past 12 years. She graduated from NLU Delhi in 2017.Kavya’s parents are both Civil servants and she joined law hopeful to pursue a career in it. Kavya said, ‘In college, I realised I liked researching, reading and writing and was not particularly enthused by litigation or corporate firms. So, I decided to spend my final year studying for the UPSC, while also applying for an LLM. I got accepted into Georgetown University, Washington DC. After I graduated, I took the UPSC exam while deferring my LLM admission to the next year. Now that I have a rank, I'm figuring out what to do!’
Ritiraj graduated from NLU Delhi in 2016 and hails from Patna. After having secured four Day Zero offers, she decided to pursue her aspirations of being a civil servant in her final year. She joined Vajiram and cracked the exam in her second attempt under the guidance of Mr. RK Gupta’s study group. Ritiraj said: ‘There is no one in my family into the services so my achievement is a proud moment for them. According to me, hard work, confidence, perseverance, patience and a calm mind are the key to cracking this exam. Cracking this exam is not easy, to say the least and I am really grateful that my hard work paid off.’
Karan Choudhary, a member of the third graduating batch of NLU Delhi (2015), secured all-India Rank 821.