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UPSC 30 rank holder from Punjab Dr Gurleen shares how she balanced civil service and medicine

She attributes her achievement not only to her personal determination, but also to support of her family, mentors and colleagues

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- April 17th 2024 12:31 PM -- Updated: April 17th 2024 12:34 PM
UPSC 30 rank holder from Punjab Dr Gurleen shares how she balanced civil service and medicine

UPSC 30 rank holder from Punjab Dr Gurleen shares how she balanced civil service and medicine

PTC Web Desk: Dr Gurleen, who has served as a PCS officer for nearly two years, achieved a significant milestone by securing the 30th rank in the UPSC examination results 2023 announced on Tuesday.

Originally from Patiala, Dr Gurleen currently holds the position of Field Officer to the Chief Minister in Nawanshahr. Her journey to success in the UPSC was marked by perseverance, with this achievement coming in her fourth attempt. Earlier in 2000, she had secured the sixth rank in the PCS examination.


Reflecting on her journey, Dr Gurleen, an alumna of YPS Patiala, shared that her initial aspirations were focused on a career in medicine, inspired by her mother, Dr  Balwinder Kaur Mann, a retired district homeopathy officer. It was the guidance and encouragement from her teacher and mentor, Ranjana Sharma, that propelled her towards the path of competitive examinations.

Despite the challenges of balancing her duties as a government official and her studies, Dr Gurleen's dedication and focus were instrumental in her success. She attributes her achievement not only to her personal determination but also to the support of her family, mentors, and colleagues.

In her advice to UPSC aspirants, Dr Gurleen stresses the importance of perseverance and aligning one's goals with mentorship. She advocates for a holistic approach to preparation, focusing on both strengths and weaknesses, and stresses the significance of self-analysis through mock tests.

Dr Gurleen's educational background, including her schooling at Yadavindra Public School and Scholar Fields Public School in Patiala, followed by her MBBS from Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, provided a strong foundation for her endeavors.

In the UPSC mains examination, she opted for philosophy as her subject and navigated questions on various philosophical topics during her interview, along with discussions on issues pertinent to Punjab, renewable energy, and climate change.

- PTC NEWS

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