IAS Toppers With Poor Academic Background
A strong and unbeatable determination is the cornerstone of success. Here we give the inspiring story of Rukmani Riar who bagged the second rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam. She hails from the state of Punjab and currently serves in the state of Rajasthan.
The women in the North Indian states like Haryana and Punjab are suffering from diverse kinds of discrimination from time immemorial. These states hold the worst sex ratios also. Let’s see the success mantra behind Riar’s success and what led her to become an IAS officer.
Rukmani Riar was born and brought up in Chandigarh. She wanted to become an IAS officer so that she could use her experience and training to serve the nation in a better way.
She obtained 1327 (57.70%) marks out of 2300. She got 1097 for the Civil Services Mains exam and 230 for the UPSC interview. She did her schooling from Sacred Heart School, Himachal Pradesh, and Shivalik Public School, Mohali.
She failed in Class 6 and since then she had been scared of failure. It was very disheartening for her. But after that incident, she made up her mind to not sulk and complain. She strongly believed that if one decides to persist and come out of that dark phase, nothing can stop one from attaining victory.
Then she joined Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and completed her graduation in social sciences. Later, she joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences for post-graduation in social entrepreneurship. She secured a Gold Medal in her post-graduation.
It was her very first attempt in which she bagged the All India Second Rank. Political Science and Sociology were her optional subjects for UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination. Selective reading, focus on each topic as well as the subtopic and repetitive revisions were her UPSC preparation strategy.
She highly recommends the NCERT books from 6th to 12th as the basic reading books for UPSC IAS Examination. She read the newspapers comprehensively for the UPSC interview and appeared mock sessions to be more confident and reduce her apprehensions. She brushed up the short notes made from the newspaper before the UPSC Prelims exam. She even relied on solving UPSC previous years question papers.
Tips from Rukmani Riar
- If the aspirants are reliable and perseverant in their preparation, they can crack the UPSC IAS exam even without coaching.
- Aspirants should make notes from the newspapers daily.
- They should collect the editorials in the newspapers which can help enormously in essay writing and the international sections with ease and effectiveness.
- Consistency, hard work, determination, persistence, and consistency are the basis of preparation and the key to success.