The results of the civil services main examinations announced on Friday by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) have given Patiala two reasons to cheer.
Two of its young doctors have made it to the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Dr Naveen Aggarwal is ranked 31 and Dr Preeti Goyal 115. Both are MBBS graduates. Dr Aggarwal (25) under training in Baroda in the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), got the IAS ticket in his second attempt with medical science and psychology as subjects.
After he was ranked 473 in the test last year, the alumnus of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi studied harder to achieve his boyhood dream. "The target was in my mind since I came out of Class 12 in DAV School, Bathinda,” he said over telephone from Baroda. “I owe my success to the faith of my parents and friends.”
He is the only son of Dr KK Aggarwal, professor and head of the forensic science department in Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital here. The family has roots at Malout in Muktsar district.
Dr Preeti Goyal (28), posted as excise and taxation officer (ETO) in Nabha after being ranked 26 in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) examinations last year, cleared her ultimate target with medical science and Punjabi literature as subjects. She is wife of Dr Raman Garg of the Indian Revenue Service, now deputy commissioner of income tax in Patiala district.
Dr Preeti did not join any special coaching class to get through to the IAS. “My husband worked as my guide,” she said. “It was he who motivated me.” The medical graduate from Bengaluru has also served as rural doctor in the Punjab government. Her family belongs to Lehragaga in Sangrur district, though it has a house here as well.
PSTCL engineer finally through in final attempt
Another candidate from Patiala, Maninder Kumar, 29, is ranked 421 in the test. The assistant engineer in Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) in Patiala and electrical engineering graduate from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh cracked the examinations in his last attempt with geography and sociology as subjects. He attributed his success to his wife, an information-technology consultant.
Ticket to success
Dr Naveen Aggarwal
Basic qualification MBBS (AIIMS)
Present post under training in Baroda in the Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
UPSC mains subjects medical science, psychology
Last rank 473 (Indian Civil Services)
Inspiration: Father, doctor
The target was in my mind since I came out of Class 12 in DAV School, Bathinda. I owe my success to the faith of my parents and friends
Dr Preeti Goyal
Basic qualification MBBS (Bengaluru)
Present post excise and taxation officer (ETO) in Nabha
UPSC mains subjects medical science, Punjabi literature
Last rank: 26 (Punjab Civil Services)
Inspiration: Husband, Indian Revenue Service officer