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GAMINI SINGLA UPSC 2021-22 Rank-3

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ABOUT GAMINI SINGLA :

  • Hailing from Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, Gamini Singla graduated with a B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering (CSE) from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, graduating in 2019.
  • With a keen aspiration for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Gamini aims to contribute to the nation's progress and the well-being of its citizens.
  • Her selection in the esteemed IAS Exam brings her great joy, reinforcing her belief that with dedication and perseverance, women can accomplish remarkable feats.
  • She got selected into IAS in her second attempt, however she was not able to clear even prelims in her first attempt
Category Details
Name GAMINI SINGLA
Age 25
Rank 3
Attempt 2
Optional SOCIOLOGY
Family Background FATHER , MOTHER and SIBLING
Hometown HIMACHAL PRADESH ( UPBRINGING PUNJAB)
School MOUNT CARAMEL
College & Stream COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING FROM PUNJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE
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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND :

  • Gamini concluded her schooling up to Class X in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.
  • For her higher education, she attended Mount Carmel School.
  • In 2019, Gamini earned her BTech in Computer Science Engineering from Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh.
  • Despite receiving a job offer as a Finance Analyst from JP Morgan, she declined it in pursuit of her UPSC aspirations.
  • Immediately after graduation, she embarked on her exam preparation, selecting Sociology as her optional subject.
  • While she didn't pass the Prelims in her initial attempt, Gamini emerged as an IAS Topper in her second try.

FAMILY BACKGROUND :

  • Gamini Singla originates from Anandpur Sahib.
  • Her parents, Dr. Alok Singla and Dr. Neerja Singla, both serve as medical officers in Himachal Pradesh, and her brother is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur.
  • Gamini attributes her achievement in the examination to her family.
  • She expresses gratitude for their moral and emotional support in pursuing her dream of becoming an IAS officer.
  • Gamini says her father helped her in her studies as he understood what was exactly important for prelims and mains, which helped her save her time.

STRUGGLES AND CHALLENGES :

  • In 2019, immediately following her graduation, Gamini embarked on her UPSC exam preparation journey.
  • While predominantly relying on self-study, she also sought guidance from a coaching institute in Patiala.
  • Her aspiration to become an IAS Officer, nurtured since childhood, fueled her determination even after facing initial disappointment in her first attempt.
  • Starting from 2020, she intensified her self-directed studies at home.
  • Through unwavering effort, she realised her ambition in her second attempt, earning an impressive total of 1045 marks and securing the distinguished third position among UPSC toppers.

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GAMINI'S PREPARATION STRATEGY :

  • Utilizing NCERT textbooks from grades 6 to 12 proved instrumental in clarifying concepts and establishing a sturdy foundation.
  • Staying updated with newspapers and current affairs magazines proved crucial for all stages of the exam, including Prelims, Mains, and the Interview.
  • Following an initial setback in her first attempt, Gamini crafted a personalised study timetable and devised a unique strategy for herself. She maintained a consistent study routine of 9-10 hours daily.
  • For Prelims, she dedicated herself to solving a substantial number of mock tests to gain ample practice before the actual exams.
  • She delved into previous years' UPSC prelims question papers to gain insight into the type of questions typically asked in the examination.
  • In her Mains preparation, her primary focus was on honing her answer writing skills. She selected Sociology as her optional subject.
  • To supplement her understanding of various topics not covered in standard books, she utilised online resources.
  • Additionally, she struck a balance in her preparation by temporarily distancing herself from social media during her exam preparation period.

On being asked how she feels about her success at the examination, she said- I am really happy. It is like a dream come true. I have opted for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and would like to work for the development of the country and the welfare of people