Delhi’ Jasmeet Singh Sandhu made the national capital proud on Tuesday when he secured the third position in the civil services examination of 2015.
The 28- year-old Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer is already working as assistant commissioner. Unlike rank 1-holder Tina Dabi, Sandhu got lucky in his fourth attempt.
A resident of Rabinder Nagar, Delhi, Jasmeet’s father, JS Sandhu is an officer in the agriculture ministry, and his mother, Surinder Sandhu is a housewife. He completed his schooling from Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana.
His younger brother, Tejhbir Sandhu has also been preparing for civil services examinations.
Ecstatic with the result, Jasmeet’s mother Surinder Sandhu, attributed his success to his consistent hardwork.
“Sandhu only took coaching for a month. He prepared for the exam on his own,” said the proud mother.
An engineering graduate from IIT-Roorkee, Jasmeet started his preparations for civil services in 2010. “But he was not able to clear it on his first two attempts, and got into the IRS on his third attempt,” younger brother Tejhbir Sandhu said, adding that IAS was always Jasmeet’s first option.
Meanwhile, in the ninth position is Karn Satyarthi, a small town boy from Jharkhand’s Dhanbad. A graduate in mining engineering from IIT Kharagpur, he wants to work towards eliminating gender and caste discrimination in the country.
“India can progress only with eradication of gender and caste discrimination,” said the 25-year-old who studied on his own and cleared the exam in his second attempt.
Tens of thousands of students across the country prepare for years for the UPSC exams for prestigious government positions. Candidates get into the administrative services, the foreign and police services, apart from other central services.