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State’s proud UPSC line-up

Ranchi, June 12: Three cheers for All-India third. For once, Daltonganj, saddled with dubious tags such as ‘underprivileged’, ‘Naxalite-hit’ and ‘remote’, is basking in the glory of its 23-year-old son, Rachit Raj (in picture above), who came third in the prestigious Union Public Service Commission 2013 exam, the results of which were declared today.

Rachit, whose father is Daltonganj-based Vananchal Gramin Bank official Prabhu Narayan Pandey, clinched the UPSC rank in his second attempt and qualified for Indian Foreign Service.

Rachit, who left the state after completing his tenth from Daltonganj’s Sacred Heart school in 2005, went Rajasthan for his plus two and thereafter graduated in biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology.

He prepared for the civil services from the national capital. Head of Delhi-based Chanakya IAS Academy A.K. Mishra, who unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls from Hazaribagh earlier this year, confirmed Rachit’s third position. Mishra said both Rachit and national topper Gaurav Agrawal studied at his IAS academy.

So far, it is known that some 17 persons hailing from Jharkhand have cleared the prestigious exam.

Capital Ranchi can take pride in 25-year-old Nancy Sahay, who stood 36th in the exam. The daughter of Yogada College political science professor Prakash Sahay and Harmu resident, Nancy finished her tenth from Loreto Convent in 2005, her plus two from DAV Shyamali in 2007 and graduated in electronics and communication from BIT-Mesra in 2011.

Though she got bagged a job in a Gurgaon firm in 2011, she left her job in a few months to start preparing for civil service exams in New Delhi.

“It was my first attempt and I am very, very happy to have cracked it,” Nancy, now in Ranchi, said.

Ranchi boy Shashank Gaurav bagged 58th rank. Another achiever from the capital also included Deepika Mandava, daughter of M.V. Rao, IPS, who is the additional director-general of police, Jharkhand, and currently IG, CRPF. Deepika notched a 135th rank.

Also a DAV Shyamali alumnus, Deepika did a five-year combined course in civil engineering-cum MSc in economics from BITS-Pilani in 2013.

She counted her father and her brother Harsha, an IPS and currently ACP, Delhi, as her inspirations.