Namrata Jain becomes the First Woman from Bastar to Get Under 100 Rank

Namrata Jain IAS biography

“I want to become an IAS officer and serve Bastar.” – Namrata Jain, AIR 99, UPSC CSE 2016

This happened for the first time that a lady from the troubled Bastar region in Chhattisgarh bagged an all India rank of under 100 in the UPSC civil services exam. Namrata Jain from Naxal-ridden Dantewada, Chhattisgarh secured AIR 99 in the 2016 UPSC IAS exam. Read on for more about Namrata Jain.


Namrata hails from Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. Her father Jhanwarlal Jain is a businessman. Her mother Kiran Jain is a homemaker. Originally from Rajasthan, her grandfather relocated to Bastar more than fifty years ago. The family has been living in Bastar ever since.

Education and Professional Life

Namrata is an engineering graduate from Bhilai Institute of Technology, Bhilai. She studied till standard X at Nirmal Niketan School, Geedam, Dantewada. She also studied at KPS Bhilai School.

Optional subject

Namrata Jain’s optional subject is not known.

Attempts made in UPSC IAS Exam

This was Namrata’s second attempt in the civil services exam. She studied from her hometown itself. For the first attempt, she had gone to Delhi for coaching.

What/who inspired her?

As a young girl of ten, Namrata witnessed violence in her hometown of Dantewada when eleven policemen died as a result of a Maoist attack on a police camp. Seeing the police station in flames, she told herself she would do something for her strife-torn town. She has given Chhattisgarh as her first preference for the IAS and the IPS.

Namrata also credits her parents for their immense support in her IAS pursuit. She also received training for the UPSC personality test from the Lakshya Coaching Centre, which is run by the Dantewada district administration. From this Centre, she was fortunate enough to be trained by civil servants from the district.

Message for aspirants by Namrata Jain

Namrata believes that the government should work more for the troubled areas of her home state. Says Namrata, “I believe that the government should make more attempts to win the faith of the tribals.”

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