A promising 24-year-old woman from non-descriptive Shahrmalpur village in Panipat district, Shalini Duhan, has scored 100th rank in the UPSC test results.
In her second attempt, she has improved from 190th rank.
Last year, she was selected in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) but continued her efforts to improve in the interview to get selected for IAS.
“It is defiantly a moment of proud for me to get into the IAS as the service will give me ample opportunities in policy making. An IAS tends to work in diverse fields while posted in different departments and I am ready to take any challenge,” she told HT on phone from the Nagpur-based National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT) on Sunday where she is undergoing six-month IRS training.
After initial schooling at Shahrmalpur village, she enrolled at a premier school at Gannaur in Sonepat. Later, Duhan studied biomedical sciences at Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology at Murthal.
Her father is posted in Intelligence Bureau (IB) while her mother is teacher.
Duhan said that she appeared in several competitive exams as a ground preparation for the major competition at the all-India level.
Last year, she joined as excise inspector in Chandigarh but left her job after a month as she secured 190th position in the 2014 UPSC examination.
She credits her parents for extending full support for choosing her career.
“I like travelling very much and parents gave full freedom to move around anywhere alone. This kind of family atmosphere infused a lot of confidence in him this has helped in shaping my life,” she said.