Two Gurdaspur youths did their parents proud and brought laurels to the city by getting through the civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Pushpinder Partap Singh, a doctor, got 618th rank while Roshan Badyal, an excise and taxation officer (ETO), secured 759 rank in the exam, the result of which was declared on Thursday. They are among the 1122 successful candidates across the country.
Pushpinder is posted as medical officer at primary health centre, Behrampur near here while Roshan is posted as ETO at Batala in Gurdaspur district.
However, both Pushpinder and Roshan were aspiring to make it to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for which they are planning to take one more chance as they feel they would not be able to make it this time with the ranks they have got.
Pushpinder cleared the examination in his 3rd attempt while Roshan did it in the 5th attempt. Both of them are the product of local Little Flower Convent School.
Roshan says that he was an average student at the school while Pushpinder claims he was a little better.
Roshan (30) is married to Monica, a house maker. His father Darshan Lal is posted as assistant registrar, cooperative societies, Gurdaspur while his mother Veena is a house wife.
Roshan did B Tech in Mechanical Engineering at the local Beant College of Engineering and Technology in 2005. He served as a senior engineer at India Tractors Limited, Hoshiarpur for four years before he cleared the Punjab Civil Services (Executive) examination in 2012 after which he was posted as ETO at Batala.
Roshan says he knows that his low rank will not make him an IAS officer and he will try his luck once again to get the in the elite service.
Pushpinder's father Makhan Singh is a retired inspector from the cooperative societies department, Gurdaspur while his mother is posted as a social studies teacher at the Government Senior Secondary School, Purana Shalla. His younger brother Jaspinder Partap Singh is doing MBBS at the Government Medical College,Amritsar.
Pushpinder is also not satisfied with his 618th rank and he asserts that he will try once again to get into IAS service.
As soon as Pushpinder's result was declared on Thursday, his parents along with him rushed to the Gurdwara Sri Barth Sahib near here to thank 'Waheguru'.
After his schooling, Pushpinder did his MBBS degree at the Government Medical College, Patiala in 2011. He was posted as a medical officer at Behrampur in 2013.
He says, "Wherever and in whichever capacity I am posted, my aim is to serve the people of the nation to the best of my ability".