As many as six candidates from the tricity figured among the top 100 of the civil services examination, the results of which were declared on Saturday.
Abhijeet Kaplish, 25, a third-year law student at Panjab University, made the tricity proud by securing 15th rank. It was Abhijeet’s second attempt. He stays in Chandigarh with his parents.
“I always wanted to be an IAS officer as it was my father and grandfather’s dream. I am happy that I could make them proud today,” he said. Before pursuing the law course, he did his mechanical engineering from a private college. His father is posted as chief manager with Markfed, Punjab, and mother an associate professor at a government college in Sector 11.
The second topper from the tricity is Paramvir Singh of Panchkula, who has been ranked 29th. He is a practising lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana high court and had passed out from National Law School, Delhi. It was his second attempt.
Paramvir’s father Satpal Singh had expired in 2012. His mother Kamlesh is a housewife. “I took some coaching from Delhi before the prelims. I used to give about five hours daily for studies,” he said.
Arjun Sharma of Chandigarh has secured 41st rank in the exam. Last year too, he had cleared the exam and is currently undergoing training at Hyderabad. He couldn’t be contacted for a comment.
The lone girl among the top six from the tricity, Priyanka Mehtani, 25, has been ranked 59th. She wishes to join Indian Foreign Service. “I am interested in international relations and thus would like to serve as an IFS officer. I could not qualify for the civil services last year, but I didn’t lose faith and believed in myself. I used to set weekly targets for myself and followed the schedule religiously,” she said. A chartered accountant (CA), Priyanka used to give six hours daily to books. Her father is also a CA and mother is an assistant professor of chemistry at a government college in Chandigarh. Priyanka’s family stays in Sector 10, Chandigarh.
The fifth best performer from the tricity, Apoorv Devgan, who ranked 61st, had cracked the civil services last year as well but wanted to improve. He is under training at the Indian Railways Institute of Traffic Management (IRITM), Lucknow, after securing 554th rank in the civil services last year. He said sincerity and hard work paid for him. “I sacrificed sleep and studied hard. My father is an architect and mother is posted as deputy director, technical education, Haryana. They were the greatest support and did everything to make me comfortable during my preparation for the exam,” he said.
The sixth best performer from the tricity, Tushar Sharma, a resident of Saketri in Panchkula, has secured 75th rank.
Tushar, who works as a tutor at a private academy in Sector 8, Chandigarh, lived his father’s dream. “My preference would be Indian Foreign Services. I have done my MBA in foreign trade and that would help me to do my job in a fruitful manner,” he said. His father is an advocate and mother has retired as a lecturer.
Service preference: I would love to serve as an IAS officer as it was my father and grandfather’s dream. I would like to contribute for rooting out social evils.
Success mantra: Belief in myself and hard work.
Study hours: I used to study at least for six hours.
Inspiration: My father and grandfather.
Service preference: Indian Administrative Service as one can serve people better being a bureaucrat. I would like to contribute to best of my abilities towards public service. I want to bring merit and honesty to the forefront.
Success mantra: Consistency and dedication.
Study hours: Five to six hours a day.
Inspiration: My father, who expired in 2012. He wanted me to join civil services and I have fulfilled his dream.
Recreation: Playing violin, swimming and cycling.
Arjun Sharma has secured 41st rank in the civil services. Already an IPS officer, Arjun is a resident of Sector 51, Chandigarh and is currently training in Hyderabad. In 2013 he was selected to the IRS.
Service preference: I am interested in international relations and thus would like to serve as an Indian Foreign Service officer. I would like to contribute for building country’s strong and healthy relations with foreign countries.
Success Mantra: Determination and focus are the keys.
Study hours: I used to study for at least five to six hours daily.
Inspiration: My parents are my source of inspiration.
Recreation: I like to read in my leisure time.
Service preference: Indian Administrative Service. I was ranked 554th in 2013, but was not satisfied and wanted to improve.
Success mantra: Dedication, determination and focus.
Study hours: I studied for around 15 hours a day.
Inspiration: My father.
Recreation: Football and biking.
Service preference: Indian Foreign Service as I am an MBA in foreign trade.
Success mantra: Determination and perseverance.
Study hours: I used to study at least for 12 hours a day.
Inspiration: Director, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, where I did my MBA from.
Recreation: Painting, playing guitar.