Seema Pujani, an IFS Officer secured a commendable all-India rank of 37 in the 2014 UPSC civil services exam. She chose the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) over the IAS and is now a career diplomat. Pujani ditched an opportunity to study at the Bucerius Law School, Germany to pursue her civil services dream. She had taken the science stream in class XII in order to pursue engineering. But she soon acknowledged that her interests lay elsewhere in the field of social sciences and languages. Therefore, post XII standard, she took the law entrance exam. Seema secured admission into one of the top law colleges of India, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.

As a child, Seema wanted to become a veterinary doctor. Even when she was studying to become a lawyer, she did not have the civil services exam on her mind. Instead, she was interested in social reform, international and humanitarian organizations. The civil services bug bit her in 2009 when two seniors, Mr. Srikar Sridhar IAS and Ms. Aparna Ray IFS visited their campus. Then it struck Pujani that the life and job of a diplomat were matchless. She also saw it as an honor to serve the country in the capacity of an IFS officer.

Seema Pujani cracked the UPSC in her second attempt. She had taken law as her optional subject since it was also the subject of her graduation. She was allotted the Indian Trade Service and started training at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. She had double training experience, firstly at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade after being assigned the Trade Services, initially, and secondly at the at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration for the Foreign Services.

In the first week of June, Pujani joined the Ministry of External Affairs as Under Secretary (Officer Trainees) and was allotted the Investment, Technology Promotion, and Energy Security (ITP & ES) division therein. Her Head of Division was Mr. K. Nagaraj Naidu, IFS batch of 1999. The Division represents MEA on all issues relating to agriculture (including food processing), civil aviation (including bilateral ASAs), energy (coal, oil, gas and renewables), investments (BIT), social service agreements (SSAs), shipping, ports, highways, railways, telecommunications, electronics, services, tourism, pharmaceuticals etc. The Division supports activities of leading business chambers, media houses, and consultancy firms. It works closely with other respective state governments in their international outreach activities.

Seema Pujani Bio

Name: Seema Pujani

Profession: IFS Officer

Education: National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, 2011; IIFT, New Delhi; Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration

Professional workshop: On the 30th of July, attended the Division organized the 6th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Panel Discussion on the theme “Diaspora: Transferring Knowledge and Encouraging Innovation (Science & Technology, Education, Start-Up India)” that was chaired by the Honourable Minister for External Affairs, Smt Sushma Swaraj.

Father: Mr Amar Nath Pujani, a retired SDM of Faridabad.

Siblings: Two Older Sisters- Pathology Doctors

Relatives: Cousin- Law Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada.

Hobbies:  Reading books, listening to music, and watching movies.

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