2 PEC ex-students among Civil Services toppers
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 7
Two former students of Punjab Engineering College, Arshdeep Singh Thind and Shurbir Singh, came out with flying colours in the Civil Services examination, securing the third and fourth places, respectively. The result of the examination was declared by the UPSC in Delhi today.
Overwhelmed with the result, Arshdeep said on the cellphone, “I don’t know how I have done it. This is just unbelievable. I just might be the first to have cleared the examination from Shalapur Bet in Kapurthala.” However, the only duty weighing on the mind of this Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Delhi, is that of seeing the elections through peacefully. “I will be allowed to go home and share my happiness with my family only after the elections are over,” he added.
Coming from a family of agriculturists, Arshdeep has studied in the city throughout his student life. “In my third attempt, I have finally done justice to the labour I put in. With the combination of physics and geography, I was expecting to be among the first 100. This is too much to digest,” he maintained.
His friend and batchmate Shurbir Singh, a retired Army officer’s son, had the same subject combination. He claimed that there was no substitute for committed and organised hard work. “There is no end to the information available on any subject. The candidate must know where to draw the line. A focused approach holds the key,” he opines. Both students have studied from the IAS Study Circle in Sector 21.
Gagandeep Gambhir, a research scholar at the Department of History, Panjab University, has secured the 85th rank. “I missed out on all the fun my friends were having. I had completely cut off myself from my social circle and did nothing but study, sleep and eat in the past one year or so. I didn’t even go home to Ludhiana for fear of being distracted. My mission was to get through the examination and I have done that satisfactorily. Now, I have all the time in the world to enjoy,” she said.
Pursuing her doctorate in botany, Parul Khush has secured the 135th rank in the examination. From Safidon in Haryana, she says, “I am thrilled with the result and my performance. My hard work has paid rich dividends. I have spoken to my family and they, too, are happy. My father, a farmer, is particularly elated.”
Other candidates who have cleared the examination from the city include Veenu Bansal (82), Sanjay Bamalia (94), Asra Garg (130), Rajesh Manjhu (158), Abhishek Garg (169), Maninder Pawar (389), and Rajan Dutt (390). Interestingly, none of them belong to the city, though they had prepared for the examination from city-based coaching centres.
Meanwhile, the candidates had a tough time confirming their result since it was not available on the Internet till late in the evening. The students managed to contact candidates in Delhi, who conveyed them the result and their positions.
PATIALA: Four students of the local Vidya Sagar Shastri Academy are also among the first 200 selected candidates. They are Amrish Kumar, Ram Asra, Binu Bansal and Vivek Aggarwal.