Eight candidates from the Ahmedabad-based Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) have cleared the Civic Services Examination 2010,results of which were announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Wednesday.
Hitesh Joysar from Nundhatad village in Kutch district has topped the state with an overall rank of 116.
Joysar belongs to a farmers family and is a graduate. He had been working as a bank officer in LIC and SBI for the last five years. This year was his fourth and final attempt,passing with Public Administration and Philosophy as his subjects.
His roommate,Ajudiya Manish,incidentally secured the second rank in the state (all India rank of 261) with Zoology and Gujarat Literature as his two subjects. Manish said his father,a businessman,was his greatest inspiration and the person who wanted me to get into the services.
Ahmedabad native Mayatra Sujal,a postgraduate in Pharmacy,bagged the states third rank and 348 nationally.
He cleared the prestigious exam on his first attempt with History and Gujarat Literature as his subjects.
SPIPA joint director J M Acharya said he was very happy with the results,though he was expecting to see names of at least 15 candidates from the Institute.
The bright side is that there are more young Gujaratis who are now opting for civil services. We have been trying to raise awareness about the career option by visiting schools and colleges across the state. Usually,young people prefer medicine and engineering,and increasingly,management. But this past year,we had 4,600 applicants for 72 seats. Five years ago,it was less than 1,000, said Acharya.
He added that six of the eight candidates who made it to the merit list took Gujarat Literature as one of their options.