Civils: Panchkula doc bags 17th rank in first attempt

ChdDr Ankita Chakravarty with her parents at their residence in Sector 10, Panchkula, after the declaration of results on Friday. Kamleshwar Singh

Dr Ankita Chakravarty (24), a resident of Panchkula, made the Tricity proud by clinching the 17th all India rank in the civil services examination that was conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The results of the exam that was held in October 2012, was declared on Friday.

Chakravarty, who cleared the examination in her first attempt, said, "As soon as I completed my MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 2011, I started preparing for the civil services exam. I am finally living my dream".

Sharing her success factors with Chandigarh Newsline, she said, "One should learn the art of identifing what is important and needed. There should be a qualitative approach towards preparing for any examination. If one is sincere and puts in six to seven hours of hard work a day, then such exams can easily be cracked".

A total of 998 candidates have been recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, and Central Services, Group 'A' and Group 'B'.

Harpreet Singh Sudan from Chandigarh bagged the 22nd rank. He finished his Bachelors in Law from the University Institute of Legal Studies, PU.

From the region, Dr Naveen of Patiala has secured the 31st all India rank in the examination. Naveen, another AIIMS graduate, cracked the exam in his second attempt, this time. "In the first attempt, I had qualified for Indian Railways, but I always wanted to secure a good rank, so I took the examination for the second time".

Another Panchkula resident, Parth Gupta, managed the 59th rank. He is the son of IAS officer S S Prasad, who works with the Haryana government. "I completed my BTech in chemical engineering from IIT-Madras and worked for a short period. But, I left my job to prepare for the examination. Hard work and consistency is required to crack such tests. I used to spend over 10 hours a day preparing for it.

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