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Moga girl who secured top rank in first attempt is also first from her family to join civil services

She secured 898.15 marks. Abhishek Sharma from Khanna secured second rank while Sachin Pathak from Ludhiana was placed third.

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |
Updated: June 20, 2021 2:53:07 am
Upinderjit Kaur Brar with her parents, Swaran Singh and Baljit Kaur. (Express)

UPINDERJEET KAUR Brar, a 24-year-old woman from Smalsar in sub-division Baghapurana of Moga, has topped the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) examination, the results of which were declared Friday.

She secured 898.15 marks. Abhishek Sharma from Khanna secured second rank while Sachin Pathak from Ludhiana was placed third.

Brar is the only daughter of her parents, Swaran Singh and Baljit Kaur, who work as government school teachers. Brar, who did her BSc and MSc in zoology, said that she wants to serve the society in the best possible way.

She said the first rank came as a pleasant surprise for her.

Speaking to The Indian Express, she said, “I would advise future aspirants to study and revise one book many times than consulting multiple books. One should focus on general studies and the prescribed syllabus.”

Brar said that she first wanted to complete her formal studies due to which she went for postgraduation and then started preparations for civil services. “Graduation and postgraduation are a part of formal studies, which one has to complete but civil services was a dream. I started preparing for it after completing my postgraduation in 2019,” said Brar, adding that performing bhangra is her hobby but since she had started preparing for civil services, she concentrated only on studies for nearly two years.

Calling her parents as her biggest inspiration in life, she said “they are the only reason why I have been able to achieve this feat.”

“Coming from a rural background and a small town of Punjab, it is really a special feeling. My parents are on cloud nine. I am feeling empowered,” said Brar, adding that she is first from family to clear civil services, that too in first attempt.

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