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Not ‘just’ married but just made to IAS; Ludhiana’s Akhil Pilani & Juhi Jalota & 2nd topper Anu Kumari: A brief interview

The Hush Post: What’s it about being married and being among the elite IAS toppers. Does marriage mean to be able to handle the pressure? The answer on a serious note, could be a casual yes. Anu Kumari, is a mother of four-year-old toddler, always on the run. Yet she cracked the 2nd rank in the all India list of successful candidates.Anu Kumari

Anu Kumari from Sonipat who got the second position, thanked her mother for taking care of her four-year-old child while she prepared for the UPSC exam. Her resolve, commitment and hard work was such that sometimes she used to sleep for less than six years to clear the exam.  She worked in a private firm earlier and left the job to prepare for the exam.

She considers Swami Vivekanand as her role model and feels that after marriage and after becoming a mother, the challenges become multi-fold for clearing exams of a level of Civil Services.

For youngsters who want to tread the path of civil services, she said that a firm resolve and strong feeling of making a mark  can help you reach your goal.

Akhil Pilani ranked 22nd all India from Ludhiana too is married. Ask him, is he just married or are they more? And he says, “It’s just he and his wife they don’t have children. But yes, quiet a courage to crack the exam after marriage. He used to study seven hours every day. Akhil cracked the civil services exams back in 2016 for the first time and got Indian Information Service. “I had Sociology in the Mains and used to put in a reasonable amount of time as far as studies are concerned.”Akhil Pilani

A student of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School BRS Nagar, and subsequently did his 12th from Sacred Heart Sarabhanagar, Akhil is a B Tech from Netaji Subhas Institute of Engineering in Delhi. How did he cope about questions like “what if he didn’t get through?’ and he immediately says, “I was working with Samsung for close to four years before I got enamoured with civil services.”

This 28-year-old engineer by profession says, “Both my parents are doctors, my mother still is, I lost my father in 2010.”

Akhil likes to play and watch cricket and tennis.

Another married woman is Juhi Jalota. Juhi is from Gwalior and was motivated by her maternal grandpa, who too was a civil servant. She married to a Ludhiana businessman, who manufactures, hosiery stuff for non-civilians which go by the name of Jai Bharat. Now Juhi lives in Model Gram. And it was after marriage that the dream to the journey or vice-versa began. “It was, apart from my parents, my parents-in-law, husband and sister-in-law who totally supported me in my endeavour. Without them, it would have been just a dream.” Juhi JalotaShe especially thanked her mother-in-law, a professor in SCD college. She was the one to motivate me through the difficult times and kept reiterating an Urdu couplet which casually translated into English means ‘Slow and steady wins the race.” Juhi started preparing and first knocked on the doors of UPSC in 2016 when she appeared for the interview after having cracked the Prelims and the Mains. But she was unlucky. In 2017, she couldn’t make it through the Mains. But this time round,  Juhi almost barged in and got 122nd rank. She worked with Sony Ericsson for one year before she immersed herself into the civil services zone. Her subject for the Mains was Philosophy. Her mother is in Gwalior while father is in Dubai.

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