It was a special day in the Duhan household where the sister-brother duo Shalini and Alekh cleared the UPSC exam. The duo hail from Shahrmalpur village in Panipat district and have been studying together in Delhi for the Civil Services Exam.
While Shalini Duhan secured the 21st rank in her third attempt at cracking the prestigious entrance exam to country’s top administrative posts, whereas her brother Alekh got 483rd position in the first go.
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Family Background of Shalini and Alekh
The duo comes from Shahrmalpur village in Panipat district. While their mother, is a government teacher in a school at Machroli village in this district and their father, Sunil Singh, is with the Central Industrial Security Force.
The 25-year-old Shalini Duhan credited her achievement to her family. “I wanted to show that a girl from middle class family of Haryana, which was known for its skewed sex ratio, can also make her family and state proud, if given the right atmosphere,” Shalini told.
Shalini Duhan of Panipat
After initial schooling at Shahrmalpur village, Shalini Duhan was enrolled at a premier school in Gannaur (Sonepat). She studied biomedical sciences at Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology at Murthal.
She had earlier cleared Civil Services exam in her first attempt in 2013 with a rank of 190th and started as an excise inspector as she has been selected for IRS. After which she set her eyes on a newer higher goal and she continued her efforts to improve her rank to get into the IAS. She again cracked the UPSC examination in 2014 again with the 100th position and was selected for the IPS. Every passing year she improved her rank who is now sure of getting an IAS posting as she has already been selected for IRS and IPS. She again took the exam in 2015 and got the 21st rank to realise her dream to become an IAS officer.
Shalini inspired her struggled brother Alekh Duhan to aspire high. “We prepared together and my experience helped my brother clear the exam,” Shalini said.
Alekh Duhan cleared the UPSC examination in his first attempt with All India Rank 483. He is a B.Tech (Mechanical) graduate from Delhi College of Engineering. Hailing from Shaharmalpur village in Panipat district have been studying in Delhi for the Civil Services Exam.
Alekh Duhan said that though he has cleared the exam, he would write it again to improve his rank. He too, wants to be an IAS officer.
Inspiring Alekh to aspire high, Alekh Duhan told “Shalini helped me achieve the target, we studied together and she helped me to prepare, no doubt she gave me inspiration who further says that he will try again to give the test to improve his rank.”