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An engineer's steely determination to serve people

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Rajeev Garg
Rajeev Garg

It was another day of elation for the Gargs on Wednesday. After their younger son, Nirbhay Garg, secured second rank in the State in the Class XII examinations on Monday, his elder brother, Rajeev Garg has been ranked 143 in the list of candidates selected for Civil Services by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) following the main examination conducted in October-November 2010.

A student of electronics and communications engineering at the Pondicherry Engineering College, Rajeev Garg is a gold medallist in his graduation.

While many of his friends chose jobs through campus placements in the engineering sector, Rajeev Garg said that he was sceptical about how he could relate to the people through a profession in engineering.

“The desire to become a civil servant grew from the urge to contribute to the people and relate to them is some way,” he said.

Though becoming a civil servant was a childhood dream, he started serious preparations for the UPSC examinations after graduating in 2008.

He shifted base to New Delhi for over a year to attend special coaching.

This was his second attempt at the final examinations, though he did not secure a rank last year.

While attributing his success to “hard work and blessings of his parents and the divine,” Rajeev Garg said he put in almost 15 hours of study every day for the final examinations. His training would begin in September and continue for two years.

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