India’s first woman IAS officer passes away at the age of 91

Post-Independence, in 1951, Anna Rajam Malhotra had joined civil services who served in the Madras state

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India’s first Indian administrative service officer (IAS) passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, in Mumbai at the age of 91. Anna Rajam Malhotra had joined civil services in 1951 post-independence, and served in the Madras State under then Chief Minister C. Rajagopalachari and at the Central government.

Anna Rajam George was born in July 1927 in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. After her schooling, she moved to Chennai to pursue higher education at the University of Madras.
In 1951, she joined the civil services and opted for Madras cadre. Though the interview board tried convincing her to join the Foreign Service and the Central Services terming them as “suitable for women”, she insisted on joining the civil service.

She later married R.N. Malhotra, who served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1985 to 1990.

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