UPSC exam: Meet tomorrow’s bureaucrats who have done the region proud

Meet these candidates from the region who have cracked the prestigious UPSC exam

punjab Updated: Jun 02, 2017 16:01 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

Besides Anmol Sher Singh of Amritsar, who bagged 2nd rank in the civil services examinations, and Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat of Kashmir (10th) and Kurukshetra’s Tejasvi Rana (12th), there are other candidates from the region who have cracked the prestigious exam as well. HT profiles 7 such future bureaucrats.

Zaffar Iqbal


Rank: 39

Hails from: Poonch, J&K

Education: Civil engineering, NIT-Hamirpur

By the way: Working as assistant engineer in PWD

“Besides working hard, you need to have a lot of perseverance to succeed in the UPSC exams. Time management is the key.”

Elated over his success, Zaffar, who cleared the exam in his fourth attempt, attributes the achievement to the almighty. “Civil services have a wide scope for working for the welfare of society. “A bureaucrat can play an important role in policy-making in core sectors of health, education and infrastructure,” he says. Zaffar also has a word of advice for other aspirants: Never lose focus even when the going gets tough.

Ayushi Sudan


Rank: 65

Hails from: Rajouri, J&K

Education: MSc in physics, St Stephen’s College, Delhi

By the way: Earlier, wanted to pursue research

“I want to be a part of the socio-economic development of the country. Education and women’s empowerment will be my key focus areas.”

Ayushi has cleared the exam in her second attempt. Presently residing in Delhi, she says: “I have a great aptitude for physics and wanted to make a career in research. But later, I found that my calling is in civil services.” Attributing her success to her family and teachers, she says they always stood by her. “My first choice of cadre will be J&K as I want to serve my people,” she says.

Sagar Setia


Rank: 66

Hails from: Ludhiana, Punjab

Education: Masters in town planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, Ahmedabad

By the way: Kept away from social media

“My success mantra has been persistence. I have been preparing for the exam since 2014 and devoted more than 10 hours a day.”

The son of vastu consultant Avinash Chander Setia, Sagar has topped in his district. Clearing the exam in his third attempt, he attributes his success to his family, friends and teachers. Aspiring to become an IAS officer, Sagar aims to utilise his knowledge for serving people. His mother, Usha Devi, retired as a teacher from a private school.

Taranjot Singh


Rank: 70

Hails from: Ludhiana, Punjab

Education: Mechanical engineering, IIT-Roorkee

By the way: Working with ONGC

“Consistency, hard work and patience have helped me succeed. I used Facebook and WhatsApp for only 15 minutes a day.”

Aiming high from a young age, Taranjot Singh had secured 93% marks in the CBSE Class-12 exams. His school principal JK Sidhu says: “His untiring effort made him qualify both the AIPMT as well as IIT entrance exam.” “This is a proud moment for the whole family,” says his father, Santokh Singh, a doctor. Aiming to become an IAS Officer, Taranjot wants to improve the system.

Rahul Sharma


Rank: 76

Hails from: Amritsar, Punjab

Education: Electronics engineering, Thapar University

By the way: Has worked in IBM

“Cracking the UPSC exam calls for patience, dedication and hard work. Self study is important, but private coaching also helps.”

Hailing from a family of educationists, Rahul Sharma credits his success to his father, PK Sharma, who is the principal of the historic Hindu College, and mother, Aruna Sharma, who is a political science lecturer in the same college. “My parents unconditionally supported my decision of leaving the job and respected my dream to become a bureaucrat,” he says. This was his third attempt.

Manav Singla


Rank: 265

Hails from: Bareta, Moga, Punjab

Education: BTech, NIT, Jalandhar

By the way: Quit MNC job to crack UPSC exam

“I moved to Delhi to prepare for the civil services exam in 2014. Fortunately, I have managed to crack it this time.”

An engineering graduate, Manav joined a power plant of India Bulls Pvt Ltd in 2012. He was posted at Amravati in Maharashtra, but quit the job after two years to pursue his dream. His father, Diwan Chand, is an accountant with the Sangrur market committee, and his elder sister is a doctor in Mansa.

Shikha Randhawa


Rank: 439

Hails from: Chamba, HP

Education: BDS and LLB, Panjab University, Chandigarh

By the way: Wife of Karnal SP

“I wanted to join civil services since my schooldays in Dalhousie, and today my dream has come true. I want to work with honesty and dedication.”

Expecting to get selected to the Indian Revenue Service, Shikha, who gave her third attempt, is prepared to try again. Married to Karnal superintendent of police Jashandeep Randhawa, she says her husband is a source of motivation for her as he had already cleared the exam and helped her a lot. “I am very happy that her dream has come true,” says Jashandeep.

(Contributed by Ravi Khajuria, Mohammad Ghazali, Deepa Sharma and Usmeet Kaur)

First Published: Jun 02, 2017 14:31 IST