UPSC 2023 Success Stories, Candidates Who Won Against All Odds

New Delhi, 1 June 2022 – The UPSC 2021 civil services result has been announced and a total of 685 candidates have been selected for appointment. Out of the selected candidates, 180 will be placed in IAS cadre, 37 in the IFS cadre, 200 in the IPS cadre, 242 in Central Services Group A, and 90 in Central Services Group B. Furthermore, a list of 80 candidates has been provisionally recommended for further appointment. 

What’s interesting about this year’s list of qualifying candidates is that many of them have unique stories of winning over all odds. It is also interesting to note that the top 3 candidates this year are all women. 

Keeping this in mind, we have collated the success stories of a few UPSC 2021 aspirants to inspire more students to pursue and crack the upcoming UPSC 2022 exam.

Before that, here are some details of the UPSC 2021 examination:

Name of Examination  UPSC Civil Services 2021
Conducting Body Union Public Services Commission
Exam Result Date 30 May 2021
No. of Successful Candidates 685
UPSC Civil Services 2021 Top 3 Candidates AIR 1 – Shruti Sharma

AIR 2 – Ankita Agarwal

AIR 3 – Gamini Singla

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UPSC 2021 – Visually Impaired Students Secure Top Ranks

Out of the 685 successful UPSC 2021 qualifiers, UPSC AIR 7 holder Samyak Jain and UPSC AIR 48 holder Ayushi are both visually impaired.

Samyak’s prelim exam was written by his mother and the main exam was attempted with the help of his friend. He qualified the UPSC exam in his second attempt by reading books in digital format and studying seven hours a day. When asked about the number one skill that is required to clear the exam, Samyak stressed on the virtue of being consistent with UPSC preparation.

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Ayushi is a 30-year-old UPSC qualifier with complete visual loss. She has been a topper throughout her school and college, and has also topped the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board. She works as a history teacher and now that she has qualified for UPSC, she plans to aid disabled students like her. 

UPSC 2021 – Woman Cracks UPSC Civil Services With Just a Smartphone

Divya Pandey who is a 24-year old UPSC qualifier from the Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, secured AIR 323 by just using her smartphone to study. 

She did not enroll herself for any professional coaching while preparing for the exam and studied for 18 hours-a-day using just her smartphone. It took her 1 year of preparation and she finally cleared the Civil Services examination. 

UPSC 2021 – Father Ends Life Due to Debt, Daughter Clears Civil Services

Aruna M from the Tumkur district of Karnataka cleared UPSC 2021 after five failed attempts.The third out of five siblings, she obtained AIR 308 in her sixth attempt. Initially, Aruna wanted to get an engineering degree and make enough to just be financially independent. 

In 2009, her father committed suicide because of not being able to repay the mounting debt, which he had incurred to pay for the education of his children. This changed Aruna’s trajectory of life and she decided to crack the UPSC Civil Services exam – which she did this year.

UPSC 2021 – Girl From Far Flung Border Village of J&K Clears UPSC

Shivani Jerngal who secured AIR 300 in the UPSC Civil Services examination 2021 belongs to a far-flung border village of Jammu and Kashmir. She said that she studied hard for at least six hours a day. Moreover, she dedicated even more hours to study when the exams were near. 

Shivani, just like the top 3 UPSC qualifiers, believes that consistency is the key to being successful. She emphasizes the need for dedicated study hours and being disciplined. 

UPSC 2021 – Candidate Leaves High-Paying Job to Clear UPSC

Rituraj Pratap Yadav from Mainpuri (Bihar) left his high-paying job at Reliance Refinery to prepare for UPSC. He was working as a Maintenance Engineer where he earned Rs. 18 lakh per annum. 

The AIR 296 holder, however, wanted to fulfill his father’s dream and left the job in a year and went to Delhi for IAS preparation – cracking the Civil Services exam this year.

UPSC 2021 – PCS Officer Shot by Mafia 7 Times, Clears UPSC

Rinkoo Rahee passed out from the 2007 batch of Provincial Civil Services (PCS) and busted a powerful mafia behind a Rs. 100-crore scholarship scam. He was, however, shot seven times by the gang involved, which left him disfigured and blind in one eye.

After recovering from the attack, he resolved to crack the UPSC exam and reach a higher level of power so he could stop illegal gangs with more effectiveness. His determination has now culminated in him securing AIR 683 in UPSC Civil Services 2021.

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