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Four from tricity make it to IAS 'top 100' list

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 03, 2013
First Published: 23:26 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: 23:32 IST(3/5/2013)

Four candidates from the tricity have made it to the 'top 100' list of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam, result of which was declared on Friday.

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Topping the chart is Dr Ankita Chakravarty, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula, and daughter of a doctor couple, who has ranked 17th. It was her first attempt.

Next in the ranking list at number 22 is Harpreet Singh Sudan, who cracked the exam in his third attempt. Harpreet is a law graduate from University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University, and he took no coaching to crack the IAS. His father Jaspal Singh Maanipur is a lawyer at the Punjab and Haryana high court.

From tricity others who have made it to the 'top 100' list are Parth Gupta (59th rank) and Kriti Garg (80th rank). Parth is son of SS Prasad, principal secretary (higher education) Haryana government, while Kriti, who, too, cleared the exam in her first attempt, is younger sister of Chandigarh SDM Tanvi Garg. Kriti had cleared the Indian Economic Services Exam in 2011 and was under training.

Among the first ten successful candidates from the tricity, five are girls and experts say candidates from tricity have fared better this year as compared to last year.

Profiles and road to success:
1. Ankita Chakravarty, Rank 17
She is a graduate from All-India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIMS), New Delhi.
IAS attempt: First
Preparation: Studied for six to eight hours a day
Reaction: "I won't lie and say it just happened. It actually took a lot to make this happen and I owe my success to my parents. I literally had no time for anything else except studying."

Success mantra: "Read a lot and most importantly read what matters. Be updated on the issues around and your knowledge will sail you through."

2. Harpreet Singh Sudan, Rank 22
He is a lawyer and is presently pursuing his PhD in international law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Harpreet says he take inspiration from his father and owes his success to his mother Gurmeet Kaur, who is a housewife.
IAS exam attempt: Third
Preparation: Studied for five hours a day
Reaction: "I knew it will happen. It had to happen. Nothing is impossible and I kept faith and achieved what I wanted to."
Success mantra: "Follow your dreams, follow your heart. Never do something that doesn't appeal to you. Follow your heart and success will follow you."
 
3. Parth Gupta, Rank 59
A resident of Sector 7, Chandigarh, he is a chemical engineer from IIT, Madras. For him his father has been a source of inspiration.
IAS attempt: Second
Preparation: Studied for over 10 hours a day
Reaction: "I always wanted to be an IAS officer and all I can say is that it was tough, really very tough."
Success mantra: "Be consistent and be persistent; nothing can take the success away from you."

4. Kriti Garg, Rank 80
She says her elder sister Tanvi Garg, posted as SDM in Chandigarh, was the guiding force. She, however, owes her success to her entire family, especially her father, Prabhat Garg, whose support, she says, was instrumental in making this happen.
IAS exam attempt: First
Preparation: Studied for five hours a day
Reaction: "I believed in what I was doing. I was focused and knew hard work will pay, it always does."
Success mantra: "It is a long process. Be focused and don't lose heart mid-way. Consistency, hard work and dauntless spirit will make it happen."

Others from tricity who made it to the 'top 200' list:
Name
                                             All India rank
Kritika Batra:                                         103
Preeti:                                                    115
Sonia Mahajan:                                      150
Anchal Sood:                                         184
Chandan Kohli:                                      186
Amannat Mann:                                      194
Gaurav Grover:                                       198

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