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GMCH doctor 14th in civil services

Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 13, 2014
First Published: 09:09 IST(13/6/2014) | Last Updated: 09:13 IST(13/6/2014)

In the civil services exam results announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Thursday, four from the city made it to the top 100 successful candidates.

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Dr Vipin Itankar Vithoba, 29, secured all-India rank 14 in his fourth attempt. Hailing from Maharashtra, he is working as a demonstrator in the forensic medicine department, Gover nment Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, for the past one year. He took coaching from a city-based institute.Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Dr Vithoba said, “I never gave up and stood determined. I was never disturbed by failure.”

Following him is another doctor from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Dr Nipun Jindal, 29, who in his first attempt secured all-India rank 29. Hailing from Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, he has been working as a senior resident in the institute’s orthopaedic department for the past over two years. He also took coaching from a city-based institute.

Dr Jindal said, “I believe in hard work and there is no substitute for it.”

From the city, all-India rank 43 has been secured by Jalaj Sharma, 26, a resident of Sector 23. Son of for mer additional director of Haryana infor mation, public relations and cultural affairs department, Jalaj is working as the assistant commissioner, central excise, Mysore, and this was his third attempt.

Jalaj is followed by 23-yearold Anchal Sood, a resident of Sector 45 and an engineer from Punjab Engineering Colle ge (PEC) University of Technology. She is currently undergoing training at the direct taxes department in Nagpur and secured all-India 61 in her second attempt.

For both doctors it has been their self-determination which helped them crack one of the toughest exams. Dr Vithoba said it was his focus and motivation from his wife and father-in-law that made him sail through. He has done his schooling from Vidya Niketan in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, following which he did his MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical Colle ge and Research Institute (IGMCRI), Nagpur.

Though Dr Nipun Jindal belongs to a family of businessmen, he said since the very beginning of his career he was determined to crack the UPSC. He did his MBBS from the PGIMER, Rohtak, and lives in the city with his wife, who too is a doctor. He called his one-year-old daughter Riva as his lucky charm.

For Jalaj it has been his hard work and his parents’ belief in him that made him secure the 43rd rank. He did his schooling from St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32, and had then scored just 74%. He later did his engineering in computer science from Kurukshetra University.For Anchal Sood also support from her parents worked. She said she worked really hard to achieve success.

EXPERTS PROVEN WRONG

Experts, who predicted that the Indian administrative services (IAS) exam would be tough for doctors and engineers as the UPSC revamped the entire syllabus last year with focus on g eneral awareness, have been proved wrong as most of the candidates who have made it are from medical and engineering background. Earlier, the exam was base dont he expertise of students in different subjects.

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