Divya Dhillon of Gidderbaha has bagged the 68th rank in the civil services examination the result of which was declared recently.
It was her third attempt. In her first attempt in 2010, she had ranked 333, while she achieved the 125th rank in 2011 and was selected for the IPS. Currently, Divya is undergoing training for the IPS in Hyderabad.
Divya did her schooling from Delhi and graduation from the IIT, Delhi, while she completed her MBA from IIM, Bangalore.
Divya said, "My husband, Gagandeep Singh Dhillon, is an assistant director general, foreign trade, posted in Delhi. I give credit to my husband and parents-in-law, who gave me all support. After being married in 2007, I worked at a bank in London and returned to India in 2009. Then motivated by my husband I decided to take a shot at the IAS and succeeded in my last chance."
Her father-in-law, Jaspal Singh Dhillon, who is a retired police officer, said, "My daughter-in-law has performed all her roles well. She took her first attempt with her husband, but couldn't get the rank for the IAS, so we supported her and encouraged her to go ahead. My son, Gagandeep, gave her full support as he wanted to see her success as his own. It was Gagandeep's dream to become an IAS officer; then it became Divya's dream. We were glad when she cleared the IPS, but her heart was set on the IAS."
Also, Bathinda's Gaurav Grover, 26, bagged the 198th rank in the civil services exam. It was his first attempt. He gives the credit of his success to his parents and his sister.
Having done his schooling from St Xavier's High School and SSD Senior Secondary School in Bathinda, then graduation from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, he developed an interest in national and international current affairs since class 8. He got inspiration from his uncles who wanted to sit for the civil services exam in those days. "I saw them prepare for the examination and I thought I also wanted to do the same," he says.
"I chose medical sciences and sociology as my optional subjects and succeeded in my first attempt. This is the result of my hard work and the support of my parents," says Grover.
Working as a medical officer at the civil hospital at Bhagta village, Gaurav says, he had a limited scope of serving people. "I thought if I get into the civil services, I would have a wider horizon to work, be sensitive towards the problems of the public and solve them with the help of available resources," he adds.
Gaurav's father is an additional superintending engineer at Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant, Bathinda, while his mother teaches social studies at a government school at Virk Kalan.