First blind IAS officer takes charge as sub-collector

Pranjal Patil, who hails from Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, lost her eye-sight at the age of six. She is the first Indian women IAS officer with Visual impairment, took charge as sub collector and Revenue Divisional officer of Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. She completed her graduation in political science and master’s in international relations from Jawahar Lal Nehru University. Patil was ranked 733 in civil services in her first attempt in 2016. Though she was offered a job at the Indian Railway Accounts Services (IRAS), when they found out about her visual impairment, the offer was rescinded. The following year, she prepared for the exam again and secured 124 rank in UPSC exams. In 2018, during her training in Mussoorie, she was appointed as Ernaulam assistant collector for a short period of time. Later, she returned to complete her training.