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Ludhiana Scientist Gets 16th Rank in UPSC

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‘‘When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.’’ As these words — immortalized by Paulo Coelho — reverberate in his mind, Prabhjot Singh, 24, knows that his never-say-die spirit and family’s support made it possible for him to secure the sixteenth rank in the coveted UPSC examination.

Happy over his son’s achievement, a proud Gurdev Singh — a superintendent at Ferozerpur post office — said, ‘‘Even as a child, he was bright and continued to shine in studies till graduation. He was a gold medalist in physics.’’ Singh added that it was their dream that Prabhjot become an IAS. ‘‘He’s finally achieved it,’’ he beamed.

Prabhjyot did his graduation (BTech) from GNE College in 2006 and this was his third attempt at cracking the civils. He took coaching from Patiala for three months, followed by rigorous self study. Presently working with Indian Space Research Organisation as a scientist at Ahmedabad, the youngster loving putting his feelings in poetry and also plays the tabla, said his mother Satwant Kaur, also employed at post office.

The family plans to hold a ‘path’ once Prabhjot returns.

For Amanpreet Kaur, 25, who secured the 701st rank, it was wish fulfilment not for one, but two mothers. Her biological mother, Paramjit Kaur, was an SP in women’s cell. ‘‘She died 10 years ago due to cancer. But my second mother, Dr Neerupreet, has supported me all through,’’ she said. Amanpreet’s father is the deputy chief engineer in POWERCOM.

A graduate from Government College for Girls, Chandigarh, she has done her masters in sociology and chose it and public administration as her subjects for the civils. This being her fourth attempt, Amanpreet wants to improve her rank and is planning to take the exam again.

‘‘The entire family is proud of her. She is the only girl from our native village of Bilga, near Noormahal, to have cleared the exam,’’ said her elated father Rachpal Singh. He added they they had organized an ‘akhand path’ at their home to celebrate the success. ‘‘We’ll throw a grand party on Sunday when she returns from Chandigarh.’’

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