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UPSC: Three cheers for Haryana and Punjab

Two women and Prince bag the top three positions of the most coveted merit list in the country.

india Updated: May 05, 2012 01:44 IST
Hindustan Times

Shena Aggarwal, 25
Yamunanagar, Haryana, Third attempt

‘I want to work for deprived people’

Ever since word got around that Shena Aggarwal had topped the UPSC Examinations 2011, there was no controlling the crowds outside the Aggarwal residence in Yamunagar, Haryana.

And though Aggarwal’s father, dental surgeon C K Aggarwal insisted that his daughter had been a “topper all along”, he was clearly enjoying her latest success what with neighbours and family members stopping by every other minute to offer their congratulations and good wishes.

Aggarwal, an MBBS from AIIMS, New Delhi, had cleared the All India Services last year and was selected for Indian Revenue Service.

Asked what prompted her to give up medicine and become a civil services aspirant, she said, “As a doctor, I was aware of the problems faced by people when it came to health and other issues. There are many people who don’t have basic amenities and proper health care in the country. I want to work for them.”

“I would also like to contribute in the field of education,” she added.

Rukmini Riar, 24
Hoshiarpur, Punjab, First attempt

‘I’ve earned it... I’ll relish this moment’

Rukmini Riar, a student of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, not only cleared the UPSC 2011 examinations in her maiden attempt, she also bagged second position.

Talking to HT, Riar, the daughter of a Hoshiarpur-based advocate Baljinder Pal Singh Riar, said she hoped to get a chance to serve in Punjab. After completing her graduation in Social Sciences from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, she joined the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Riar said, “In the last few years I have come to study several aspects of governance, and I figured if I wanted to make a difference the civil services was the only option.”

Riar, who chose sociology and political science as her subjects said that the only time she felt nervous was during the interview.

As the day rolled on, the number of calls on Riar’s mobile doubled and trebled. Was she tired? “Not a bit,” she said, “I have earned it, and now I am going to relish this moment.”

Prince Dhawan, 22
Chandigarh, Punjab, First attempt

‘I set myself very realistic targets’

It was a ‘crowning moment’ for Prince Dhawan of Chandigarh. When the results of the 2011 civil service examinations were declared on Friday, it turned out that this Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) student had cleared it in his first attempt.

Dhawan, who has done both his BTech (electrical engineering) and MTech (information and communication technology) from Delhi IIT, said, “I did not put too much premium on the number of hours spent studying. I set myself very realistic targets and made sure I met them.”

Son of KK Dhawan, an income tax commissioner, Dhawan chose electrical engineering and public administration as his subjects.

“From his school days he was attracted to the civil services. We told him first deserve then desire. After the exams my son was confident that he would figure among the top three,” said Dhawan's mother Indu Dhawan an agriculturist. “When I called him after the result was announced, my son who is in Delhi was speechless,” she said.

First Published: May 04, 2012 23:58 IST