City girl ranks 16th in UPSC

Shruti with her family in Ludhiana on Wednesday

Ten months were enough for 26-years-old Shruti Sharma to bag the 16th position in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, that too, in her first attempt.

A resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Shruti is the daughter of Dr K N Sharma, a retired PAU professor, and Santosh Sharma, a school teacher. Her aim now is to be a "real" administrative officer one who can work without pressure from politicians.

Speaking to Newsline, Shruti said: "I was sure that I will clear the exam, but had not an idea of getting such a high rank. One needs to get an exposure of the outer world before preparing for the exam. I did the same after 2007, when I passed out with a electronics engineering degree from GNE in Ludhiana." Following this, she joined the college as a lecturer for a few months. Later, she worked for WIPRO as a project engineer for about a year.

From the last quarter of 2009, she started preparations for UPSC exam and joined coaching classes in Delhi. Thanking her parents for guiding her, Shruti said: "My jobs helped understand things better. This exposure was needed. When I was doing engineering, it was clear in my mind that I will join administrative services."

When asked about bureaucrats working under the clutches of politicians, Shruti said: "As of now, I cannot comment on this because I am yet to join the system. Once I will be a part of it, I will be able to speak in a better manner. Moreover, I am not in the habit of giving speeches. I will show people my skill through my work."

Shruti focused on managing stress because "once you overpower the same, learning becomes easy". "One should set targets much ahead. This is what I did when I joined engineering. If the focus is clear, one need not wander here and there," she said.

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