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'Consistency is Key': Vishakha on securing 6th rank in UPSC CSE 2019

Vishakha Yadav was working in a multinational company in Bengaluru and had quit her job to prepare for the civil services exam

Tuesday August 4, 2020 10:33 PM, Zafar Abbas, IANS

Vishakha Yadav IAS

New Delhi: Vishakha Yadav, who secured the sixth position in the UPSC civil services exam 2019, wants to work in the education sector. Daughter of Delhi police Assistant Sub Inspector Rajkumar Yadav posted in the DCP office at Dwarka, says that consistency is the key to success.

Vishakha Yadav was working in a multinational company in Bengaluru and had quit her job to prepare for the civil services exam. This was her third attempt.

Asked if the result has come as a surprise to her or was this expected Vishakha said, "I think the expected result is that you would qualify the exam after you gave your best performance but securing sixth rank was quite unexpected so I am very happy and trying to let this sink in. It's almost unbelievable."

"I was working in Bengaluru and it was away from my home so I was not able to concentrate and give the best effort on both fronts. Secondly, it was more convenient to prepare from home," she said.

Speaking on the importance of coaching for the civil services examination Vishakha said, "I did B.Tech, and was working in the technical field so I was quite out of touch with Humanities so I had to take coaching in 2017. Coaching is always good for initial guidance but if your background is Humanities and you think that you can do it with self-study then I would say self-study is the best thing."

    On being asked how she planned to serve the society she said "I would like to work in the education department as you know that education is the best enabler that uplifts us. I would like to ensure that the schemes in education are implemented properly."

    She feels that her parents and friends are a major source of inspiration for her.

    "My parents kept on motivating me. They ensured that I didn't falter and kept on inspiring me," she said.

    "You need to remember the UPSC syllabus and make weekly, monthly and yearly plans. Do ensure that you revise your syllabus in time. You cannot complete the syllabus without proper planning. Always be consistent in your preparation. Hours of study don't matter but you need to set short achievable targets", Vishakha said giving success tips to the civil services aspirants.

    Vishakha's father Rajkumar says that their house has been flooded with well-wishers and family friends since the news of his daughter achieving the sixth rank broke.

    "My daughter informed me about the result and I was overjoyed. It is a dream come true. Our hard work paid off. My daughter was focused and determined to clear the exam, I am so happy that she did," Rajkumar said.

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