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How Babandeep cracked civil services: No Facebook!

Babandeep Singh Walia is a happy man. He secured the second position in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam, the results of which were declared on Monday.

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2016 18:32 IST
HT Correspondent
Babandeep Singh Walia
Babandeep Singh Walia(JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Babandeep Singh Walia is a happy man. He secured the second position in the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) exam, the results of which were declared on Monday.

The 24-year-old’s success mantra was to refrain from using social media. He stopped himself from logging onto his Facebook account for three months and stayed away from blogging, which is a passion, he said.

Walia said, “I am very fond of blogging where I was teaching spoken English to Punjabis living abroad. But for the last year, I was busy preparing for the civil services exam. Now that I have cleared the exam, I will continue my passion for blogging. I was in touch with friends through WhatsApp.”

Walia can speak two foreign languages. “I learned two foreign languages - French and Spanish – online and can now easily converse in them. I am also learning German and Mandarin but I need a few more months before I can start speaking them,” he said.

He added, “I have devoted more than eight hours to studies in the last six months. I am happy that my hard work paid off.” Walia says he is the first in his family to clear this exam. He scored 58.76% in the PCS exam. He is a graduate in electronics and electrical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, in Rajasthan. His father, Baldev, says the family is proud of Babandeep and this was a big achievement. His father is a sanitary inspector in the municipal corporation. His mother, Baljit Kaur, is a homemaker.