He has lost count of blood transfusions done on him during the last 22 years, but he never lost track to achieve what he wanted in life. Sukhsohit Singh, a Panchkula resident, has cracked the much coveted civil services examination with an all India rank of 42, in UPSC’s Civil Services (Main) Examination-2008 second merit list, which was declared by the commission on Friday afternoon.
Sukhsohit claims that he is the first patient of Thallassemia major (a rare genetic blood disorder, requiring frequent and regular blood transfusions after every 20-25 days) to have cleared this exam in India. He is currently pursuing his PhD from Panjab University. For the civil services examination, he had opted for public administration and sociology as optional subjects.
Having achieved success in his third attempt, Sukhsohit believes regular study of 15-18 hours helped him achieve the target. Sukhsohit never allowed the disorder to become a hindrance in his success by keeping himself preoccupied with his mission in life. “Disease is inevitable, but weather it causes ‘disease’ or not is entirely optional, just as pain is inevitable but suffering is altogether optional,” exclaimed a jubilant Sukhsohit.
Cracking the civil service was not so easy as before his exams he used to spend the entire day for blood transfusions at PGI, just threedays before his sociology mains exams.
Sukhsohit said he received a lot from PGI doctors and others at the Thalassemia Children Welfare Association and has now himself started contributing to the cause through his NGO Smiles. He now plans thallassemia welfare and management units in remote and far flung parts of India to make the treatment accessible to large number of patients.