Drawing inspiration from his father, an IAS officer, Navneet Singh Bains (29) put in loads of effort to bag 129 rank in the Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) Civil Services Examination, the results for which were declared on Saturday afternoon.
Navneet — born and brought up in Amritsar, but later shifted to Chandigarh with his family for the past few years — has completed his engineering from Chandigarh and is currently posted as divisional forest officer in Ludhiana district.
Elated over his achievement, Navneet told Hindustan Times: “It was my fourth attempt. In 2008, I cleared Indian Forest Services Examination. In 2009, I made it to the interview of the Civil Services Examination, but couldn’t make it. In 2012, I cracked the Civil Service Examination, but was allotted Indian Audit and Accounts Service. As getting into the Indian Foreign Services was my dream, I again tried in 2014 and tasted success by bagging 129 rank.”
“It depends on allocation of services whether I get IFS, IPS or IAS, but I am very keen to be an IFS officer,” he added.
Talking about his study schedule, Navneet said, “As I had made a few attempts in the past and was preparing for so many years, 6-7 hours of daily study was suffice for me.
“However, it has not been an easy journey and I have to come out of my comfort zone. I was very focused throughout to get a good rank. I took a coaching at Abhimanu’s IAS Study Group, Chandigarh, which also played a crucial role in my success.”
Navneet said, “My father Sukhjit Singh Bains, who is posted as managing director of the Punjab Finance Corporation, has been a role model for me who always inspired me to improve my ranking. My mother is a house wife. We belong to Amritsar City and lived here for long before moving to Chandigarh.”