Sandeep Kaur, 29, daughter of Ranjit Singh, a peon in the revenue department, has given Punjab reasons to feel proud by attaining the 138th rank in the open merit list of the All India Civil Services Examination 2009. Sheer hard work and inspiration from an old TV serial have helped Sandeep crack the tough civil services exam…She says she couldn’t have done it without the rock solid support of her family. Sandeep belongs to the Scheduled Caste (SC) reserved category and hopes to better her rank in the reserved category list, which is yet to be declared.“I am proud to be a peon’s daughter and I want my father to complete his service with full dignity. I owe my success to my parents and God. Despite meagre resources, my father provided the best facilities to me,” Sandeep told. Despite her engineering background, she meticulously chose the subjects of sociology and Punjabi literature. In 2007, she missed the Main Exam by a whisker. She got 933 marks whereas the cut-off was 936. “My family also supported me during the preparations. I have given preference to the Punjab cadre. I would certainly work against female foeticide and for the uplift of girls in the state,” said Sandeep.