The Story of Ira Singhal

Ira Singhal is an India Administrative Service Officer and computer science engineer. She was the first Person to crack the Civil Service Examination for the year 2014. She completed her B.Tech. from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi and MBA from FMS Delhi. Singhal topped the exam in her fourth attempt, to become the first differently abled woman to top the civil services exam.  

Early Life  

Ira was born on 31st August 1983 in Meerut. Her father’s name is Rajendra Singhal, who works as an engineer and her mother is Anita Singhal, who works as Insurance advisor. Ira has scoliosis, a spine-related disorder, which disrupts her arm movement. She completed her schooling from the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan and studied Computer Engineering from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and received Dual MBA in Marketing & Finance from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. She scored 1,082 marks out of a total 2,025 and secured 53.43% in UPSC Exam 2014-2015.  

Career  

Ms. Ira Singhal is the First Person with Disability to top the prestigious Civil Services Examination, 2014. She has B.E. and MBA degrees from 2 of the top institutions of the country and has worked as a Strategy Manager for Cadbury India Limited. She currently handles 7 profiles in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, being, D.C. Keshavpuram Zone, D.C. Karol Bagh Zone, Director Education, Director Community Services, Director Press and Information, D.C. Advertising and D.C. RP Cell &Parking. She is the Brand Ambassador for Department of Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.  

She is also a brand ambassador for Ministry of Women and Child Development, Niti Ayog and is on the National Panel for Accessible Elections, Election Commission of India. Her innumerable awards include India Today’s Woman of the Year 2015, President’s Gold Medal for Topping the IAS Training, First Ladies of India Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She is also recorded in the Limca Book of Records.  

She has been a speaker on wide ranging issues like education, disability, Gender issues, skill development, career counselling etc. at more than 500 international and National conferences, Industry forums, universities, colleges and other top institutions of the country including IIMs & IITs. She has been working towards various social causes including empowerment of persons with disabilities, empowerment and promotion of Transgender community, Women Empowerment, prevention of Child labour & child marriages, prevention of illegal conversion of green lands, promoting green energy, skill development, promotion of Mental Health and promotion of Khadi and indigenous fabrics. She rescued around 340 child and bonded laborers and restored them to their families, within 1 year in her first posting as SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), Alipur in North Delhi district. She is also the first person to give a job to a transgender person full-time employment in a government office. 

In North MCD, she has continued to her work with women and children. Through the means of CSR Funding, she has setup a unique project where 12 hour crèche-cum-day-care facility has been provided inside government schools, giving educational, nutritional and medical interventions free of cost for children in age groups 0-12 years, belonging to poor backgrounds. The project has been appreciated by the Prime Minister’s office and is being considered for extension to the rest of the country by Ministry of Women and Child Development.