Sushree, the youngest person to qualify UPSC 2017

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Friends and relatives continue steadily to pour in at your home of 22-year-old Sushree in Kollam, Kerala. They have every reason to do this because at 22, Sushree has become the youngest person to qualify in the civil services examination this year.

Ever since the results were announced on Friday, Sushree has had an active time interacting with friends and family and answering calls that have yet not stopped.

Daughter of a former Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, she qualified the exam in her first attempt and secured 151st rank.

Her father, PT Sunil Kumar was part of the Special Protection Group (SPG) between 2004 and 2010. He was also in the security team protecting former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Recalling her childhood memories, Sushree says in 2008, when she was 14 years of age, she once got a chance to present a bouquet to the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gurcharan Kaur.

Sushree presenting bouquet to then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur.
Dr Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur at the big event in 2008.

She says that she’d a quick interaction with Singh wherein he asked her about her dreams. “I told him that I want to turn into a civil servant. He blessed me and I was very happy and motivated,” she says.

Asked about her supply of motivation for cracking the civil services examination, Sushree says her father has always motivated her to excel.

After in several challenging assignments in CRPF, her father hung his boots so that he could help her in achieving her dream to be a civil servant.

Sushree says she was also impressed by the senior IAS officers who came to meet up PM Singh. She adds that she was mentored by N Ramachandran, former DGP of Assam and Meghalaya.

Speaking about Sushree’s achievement, Sudeep Lakhtakiya, Director General of the National Security Guard said, “This can be a joyous moment for the SPG.”

Sunil used to report to Lakhtakiya when he was on deputation with the SPG.

Meanwhile, the CRPF has additionally hailed the feat achieved by Sushree. The official Twitter handle of the force wrote: “CRPF congratulates Inspector (Retd) PT Sunil Kumar on success of his daughter Sushree. The member of CRPF family is the youngest to qualify the civil service exam this year. The native of Kollam, Kerala, secured 151st rank in her first attempt. We wish her a brilliant future (sic).”

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