Ramandeep Neetu, a resident of Kharar, has topped the Punjab Civil Services (judicial) exam, the result of which was declared on Wednesday. She scored 657 marks out of 1,050. The exam was conducted in August last year, but the result was delayed due to a writ petition pending in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Neetu, a law graduate from Panjab University, Chandigarh, in 2012, said she seriously started preparing three months before the examination.
She did not take coaching. "I was inspired by my sister Geetika Singh, who is an assistant commissioner posted at Nawanshahr. She had secured the 17th rank in the Punjab Civil Services exam (executive branch) held in 2013. I wanted to appear for the exam. I focused on it during my law studies and never thought about practising as a lawyer," said Neetu, who topped the exam in the very first attempt.
Neetu said, "I will strive to reduce the pendency of cases, which is a major drawback in our system at present."
Her father Hardeep Singh Gujral is a businessman and mother Jaswinder Kaur retired from an insurance company. As many 4,000 students appeared in the exam; only 750 got through to the mains of which 150 appeared in the interview and 70 cleared the exam.