Tuesday was a special day in the Duhan household where the sister-brother duo of Shalini and Alekh cleared the UPSC exam.
While Shalini secured the 21st rank in her third attempt at cracking the prestigious entrance exam to country’s top administrative posts, her brother Alekh got 483rd position in the first go.
The duo hail from Shahrmalpur village in Panipat district and have been studying in Delhi for the exam.
While their mother, Sunita, is a government teacher at a primary school, their father, Sunil Singh, is with the Central Industrial Security Force.
Shalini started as an excise inspector by clearing the SSC in 2012. Once victorious, Shalini set her eyes on a newer, higher goal. Each year, Shalini improved her rank and is now sure of getting an IAS posting; she has already been selected for IRS and IPS.
Shalini progressed from the 190th rank in her first attempt to the 100th in the second.
The 25-year-old credited her achievement to her family. “I wanted to show that a girl from middle class family of Haryana, which was known for its skewed sex ratio, can also make her family and state proud, if given the right atmosphere,” Shalini told the Hindustan Times.
Her struggled inspired her brother Alekh to aspire high. “We prepared together and my experience helped my brother clear the exam,” Shalini said.
“Shalini, helped me achieve the target We studied together and she helped me to prepare; no-doubt she gave me inspiration,” he told HT.
Alekh added that though he has cleared the exam, he would write it again to improve his rank. , He, too, wants to be an IAS officer.
Both Shalini and Alekh are B Tech graduates.