Having secured 100th rank in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services examinations in 2016 in his second attempt, Ayush Sinha from Shimla didn’t lose heart and continued to work hard to fulfil his late father’s dream.

Sinha, who secured 7th rank in Civil Services examinations whose result was declared on Friday, attributed the success to his family and said “it was a dream come true” moment.

Ayush Sinha, who was under training as Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax, credits his success for years of hard work and a bit of luck, too.

“I had secured 100th rank in 2016 examinations where I couldn’t secure enough marks in interview to make it to top positions,” Sinha told The Statesman.

“This year, I specially prepared for interview and it paid off this time,” he said.

He had quit Income Tax department to prepare for the examinations and fulfil the dream of his late father PK Sinha, who had always inspired him to prepare for the examinations. He was undergoing training at Indian Revenue Service, Nagpur.

A graduate in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Goa, he had also done master’s degree in Biological Sciences.

He had completed his schooling from St Edward’s School in Shimla and Delhi Public School, RK Puram, New Delhi.

His father PK Sinha was an Indian Forest Service officer while his mother Alka Sharma works as associate professor with St Bede’s College, Shimla. His maternal uncle Atul Verma is working as Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) with the HP Vigilance department.

Apart from Ayush, Charu Sharma from Solan district of Himachal Pradesh has bagged 204th rank in the Civil Services examinations.

She had completed her schooling and graduation from Shimla and MA from Delhi School of Economics.