Top three positions on the final merit list of Punjab Civil Services 2015-batch test have gone to engineers — Innayat, 24, of Sangrur is first; Babandeep Singh Walia of Ludhiana, second; and Kanu Garg of Dhuri in Sangrur district is third — in the results declared by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) here on Monday evening.
Overall, 261 candidates appeared in the interview for the 100 posts to be filled through the PCS and allied services selection process.
Innayat cracked it in her first attempt with a score of 61.13%, topping both the written test and the interview round, which concluded earlier on Monday. Now, she is aiming for the all-India civil services via the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam. Innayat, an electronics and communication engineer from Thapar University, Patiala, is the first in her family to clear a civil services test, like the other two toppers. Her father and elder brother are lawyers, and her mother is a teacher at a college in Barnala. “I will strive hard to meet the expectations of the people while serving the nation,” Innayat said.
Second-ranked Walia, 24, who got 58.76%, earned his degree in electronics and electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, in Rajasthan. His father is a sanitary inspector in the municipal corporation at Ludhiana; the mother a homemaker. “With the goal to get into the PCS or IAS (Indian Administrative Services), I did not take any job offer during campus placements,” he said. This holds true for the other two toppers as well. He cleared the test in his second attempt and claimed he prepared without any formal coaching.
As for Kanu Garg, 26, who stood third with 57.84%, she too has a degree in electronics and communication from Chandigarh Engineering College (CEC) Landran near SAS Nagar (Mohali). Her father owns a cycle retail shop and mother is a homemaker. Her younger brother is studying at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. “Motivation from my parents helped me crack the exam. Last time, I got to the interview stage. Based on that experience, I prepared with more focus on Punjab,” said Gupta.
The selection process consisted of a preliminary test, a detailed written exam and an interview. Of the vacancies, 16 are in the core PCS, 18 of deputy superintendent of police, 23 of excise and taxation officer, nine of tehsildar, and others include those of block panchayat and development officer, assistant registrar in the cooperation department, and jail superintendent.