With the UPSC declaring the final list of candidates making to the elite category of services on Tuesday, the city has lost a bit in performance in terms of ranks.
Gazal Bharadwaj who took coaching in the city has ranked 40, the highest position in the tricity, but she belongs to Roorkee. She stayed in the city for coaching.
Nazuk, daughter of former Chandigarh home secretary Anil Kumar, has got rank 58. Torul Raveesh has ranked 49. In 2015, five people had figured in top 100 with Abhijeet Kaplish bagging the 15th rank. In 2014, there were three people in the top 100 with 39th rank going to the city.
Jagpal Singh Dhanoa, 31, son of a farmer, secured 184th rank. Dhanoa was not only a student but also teacher at an IAS coaching centre. He did his mechanical engineering from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib. “While taking coaching for political science, I came across a person who was starting a new coaching centre, so I started teaching there,” said Dhanoa. He added, “I am likely to get IPS. If I have one more chance, I will sit next time also.” It was Dhanoa’s fourth attempt.
Lakshay Sharma, 25, a resident of SAS Nagar secured 222 rank. “It was my long-cherished dream that came true,” said Lakshay. He cleared IRS in 2015 and is presently under training in Faridabad. “I always wanted to serve in a government job and what is better than joining the civil services,” said the 2012 batch engineering graduate from Chandigarh College of Engineering Sector 26. “Hardwork and dedication pays,” added Sharma. His father is an industrialist and mother is the vice-principal of St Solider School in Phase 7.
A resident of Phase 10 Hardeep Singh secured 331st rank. A graduate from PEC University of Technology, Singh cleared the civil services in his first attempt. “It was sheer hardwork and determination that paid,” said Hardeep, who credits his teachers and parents for his success. “My parents motivated me to attempt for civil services and I started preparing from my first year of college,” Hardeep added, whose father is working with Central Warehousing while mother is a housewife.
Sandeep Singh Gill, 34, an assistant professor of English at Khalsa College, Sector 26, Chandigarh secured 143rd rank. A Panjab University pass out, Gill said, “Those who had appeared for the CSE in 2011 were given a special chance in 2015. I am likely to get IPS, which is also my first choice.” He added that he did not take any coaching. Resident of Sector 46 here, he hails from Khanna. “I always loved the uniform. Maintaining law and order is important for the society,” he said.
Chandigarh-based Dr Bhupesh Satija, 27, secured 386th rank. A dentist by profession, he is presently posted in Panchkula. Satija, a Panjab University graduate was appearing for the fourth time. “Last year, I was in the reserve list. There has been a lot of improvement this year,” he said. He added that it was after his internship that he decided to take a shot at Civil Services. “I am likely to get revenue services and am satisfied with it,” he said.