Meet India’s youngest female IAS Officer, Qualified UPSC at 22 years age

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The UPSC examination is a coveted goal for many individuals who dedicate years to its preparation. Each year, countless aspirants register for the civil services exam, but only a handful manage to succeed. Some persist through two or three attempts, while others, disheartened, change their paths. Smita Sabharwal, an IAS officer, stands out as one of those rare achievers who cracked the UPSC exam on her inaugural attempt.

At the age of 22, Smita Sabharwal achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the youngest female IAS officer in India after clearing the UPSC exams in 2000 with an impressive All India Rank of 4. Originally from Darjeeling, West Bengal, she is the daughter of a retired Army colonel.

Smita completed her schooling at St Ann’s and pursued her graduation in commerce from St Francis in Hyderabad, where she excelled as the class topper in Class 12. Beyond her official duties, IAS Sabharwal has gained significant popularity on social media, boasting over 3.35 lakh followers on Twitter.

Recognized as the “people’s officer,” Smita Sabharwal has served in various locations in Telangana, including Warangal, Visakhapatnam, Karimnagar, and Chittoor. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the youngest officer ever posted at the Chief Minister’s office.