UPSC Civil Services Exam: Gamini Singla Turns Down Job At JP Morgan To Become An IAS Officer

Gamini Singla

Gamini Singla, an alumnus of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, secured the third rank in the civil services examination 2021. The 23-year-old had also appeared for the UPSC back in 2020, but she couldn’t go past the prelims. However, Singla didn’t lose hope of becoming an IAS officer and attempted the exam again last year. 

Despite getting a job offer from reputed investment banking company J.P. Morgan, she turned it down to fulfil her dream of cracking the civil services exam. After completing her graduation in computer science engineering, she did a five month internship at the company and was offered a job post completion of her training, but she chose to turn it down. “I felt that satisfaction is essential when choosing a career. I have always felt content when I do something for people. In civil services, one can work in multiple areas. I felt that it would help me bring out my full potential and always help other people,” she said.

Thus, after completing her graduation, she started preparing for the UPSC CSE in 2019. She explained that she lacked strategy between her first and second attempts. Although she studied hard during the first attempt, her proper approach helped her with the second one. “I studied the previous years’ question papers and took more mock tests. I did not have enough time to take mock exams on the first attempt and could not get through the prelims. I did not answer well enough the first time,” she explained. Furthermore, she explained that it is one’s knowledge that is reflected in the personality test, which helps one crack the interview round. 

Source: The Logical Indian

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