Aligarh: Dr Vaishali Sharma, who is now an inspirational story for civil services aspirants in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has qualified the UPSC exams with the first rank in the hearing disabled category and with the 743rd overall rank.
Dr Vaishali, who completed her MBBS in 2014 from AMU’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC ) credits Maulana Azad Library of AMU for her success.
“I depended on AMU’s library and self study for the preparations,” she said.
"Unlike other successful candidates, who attended the best of coaching centres, my source for preparation was AMU’s Maulana Azad Library", Dr Vaishali, daughter of G K Sharma, an Ex- Land Development Bank Officer who lives in Vikas Colony of Sasni Gate area in Aligarh, said.
“I had borrowed all books; I needed for the basic and main subjects from the Maulana Azad Library,” she said adding that she would study 8-9 hours daily and practice answer writing of 2 to 3 questions daily.
Dr Vaishali was in the AMU campus on Monday to meet Vice Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor. Professor Shafey Kidwai, MIC, Public Relations Office, AMU and members of the Public Relations Committee including Prof Mohammad Sajjad and Mr Ajay Besaria were also present.
Dr Vaishali pointed out that she took medical science subjects as her majors in the UPSC exams despite people warning her that these subjects would make it difficult to qualify the exam.
“However, it was easy for me as I used to make short notes of different topics daily,” she said.
Dr Vaishali also said that it is very imporrant to solve last ten year papers for a better preparation and read newspapers and online portals for current affairs knowledge.
Sharing her heart-warming story, Dr Vaishali said she has been working hard since her primary and higher school education days in Aligarh based Gagan Public School and Senior Secondary School (Girls) in AMU.
“I knew that I had to do something special in my life and it was this single-minded focus, which has paid off,” she said.
She pointed out that it was also during her MBBS that Professor Atiya Zaka-ur-Rab of JNMC advised her to appear for the UPSC exams.
“Prof Atiya is a role model to me and her advice provided all the necessary motivation,” she said.
In a message to the AMU community, Dr Vaishali said, “AMU has given me a lot in academic as well as personal life and I will be very happy, if I can do something for my Alma mater.”
Dr Sharma’s elder sister, Dr Vishaka Sharma is pursuing PG in Gynaecology from JNMC, AMU while her brother Dr Rupesh Sharma is an intern with the Southern Medical University in China.