Son of a renowned surgeon of the city and a doctor himself, Rakesh Kumar Minhas of Hoshiarpur attained 91st rank in the civil services examination, result of which came out on Tuesday. This was his second shot, while last year he had got the 645th position and wanted to improve. In the meantime, he has been pursuing masters in general surgery at Government Medical College, Patiala, and did not join any coaching classes for the exam.
An alumnus of the local St Joseph’s Convent School, Rakesh did his MBBS from Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana. His sister is also a medico.
“During my MBBS internship, I realised there was a big hollow in rural health services. I got inclined towards the civil services and dreamt of bringing about a change. I knew that by entering the administrative field I would get much wider opportunities to serve the people,” he said. “Even in Patiala, I come across so many such people who do not have access even to basic health facilities. All of them motivated me further to pursue this career option.”
“Since I had taken medical science as my optional subject, it helped me a lot. Regular reading of newspapers also came as a big support,” he said, giving the credit for his success to his parents.
From Hoshiarpur, Dilmil Singh Soch too cracked the civil services examination. An engineer, he is ranked 379 in what was his first attempt.
From Jalandhar, Kanishka, a dental surgeon, bagged the 515th rank. Preparing since 2013, she said, “Last year I had missed out on the mains by 20 marks which had left me disappointed; but this time I was determined.” She added, “I did not go to any coaching class, but passed by self-study.”