UPSC topper Ishita Kishore reveals how she cracked the exam

NEW DELHI : Delhi University alumnus Ishita Kishore topped the latest edition of the civil services examination as women secured the top four ranks. She now wants to join the coveted Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The second, third, and fourth positions were secured by Garima Lohia, Uma Harathi N and Smriti Mishra.
Having completed her education at Air Force Bal Bharti School, Ishita pursued Economics Honors at SRCC. Her academic background laid a strong foundation for her journey toward the civil services. In an interview with , the 26-year-old expressed her joy, saying, “I am getting a lot of phone calls now. I am very happy. My family is there with me,” she says in an interview with the News portal.
“This was my third attempt. I have worked really hard and it has been a long journey for me,” Ishita adds. “Once when I had asked my mother to guess the rank, she had said ‘first’. Today, her words came true,” she says. Ishita emphasised the importance of maintaining a positive mindset and instilling confidence while preparing for the UPSC exams. She acknowledged that every aspirant hopes for success and strives to secure a place in the civil services. “Getting selected for the UPSC civil services is a big deal. I am very happy to have been given this opportunity to serve this country,” says the UPSC topper. “Overall, I just have a lot of gratitude,” she says.
On her mantra for success, she told news agency ANI, “Be sincere if you’ve taken such a big decision that you want to clear the UPSC. Without sincerity and discipline, you can’t crack UPSC no matter how intelligent you are. You have to put in the hours, and you have to put in the work.”
Ms Lohia, who came second, and Ms Mishra, fourth-rank holder are all graduates of the Delhi University. Harathi N, who came third, is an engineering graduate from IIT-Hyderabad. While Ms Lohia graduated in Commerce from Kirorimal College, Ms Mishra did BSc from Miranda House College. In total, 933 candidates including 613 men and 320 women have cleared the exam, said the Commission.
The UPSC examination is conducted every year in three stages – preliminary, main and interview – to select officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) and other services There are 14 women and 11 men among the top 25 candidates, according to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination 2022 results that were declared today. “Women power at its best! Congratulations Ishita Kishore, Garima Lohia and Uma Hariti N, the first 3 toppers in #UPSC #CivilServicesExamination 2022 Final. A day of celebration also for all the others who have made it,” tweeted Union Minister Jitendra Singh, congratulating the toppers.
For Ms Kishore, an Economics graduate from Delhi’s Shri Ram College of Commerce, the success came in her third attempt. Now, she wants to “serve the country by joining the Indian Administrative Services (IAS)”. Ms Kishore further said she was confident about qualifying, but topping the merit list came as a surprise for her.
“I don’t know what exactly worked for me but personally what I tried to do was work on my mains examinations by practicing, looking at previous years’ question papers, making notes from newspapers and revising them. I think all of them together helped me clear the exams,” Ms Kishore said in a tweet. Ishita says that she had prepared from home itself. “Setbacks are there in everyone’s life but one should keep on working,” advises the UPSC topper. She said that the UPSC prelims had been very important for her.”In the interviews, they see your presence of mind. One of the interviewers told me that no one knows everything. They are not there to throw you out,” she says.
Ishita’s father Wing Commander Sanjay Kishore was an Indian Air Force officer. Coming from a family with a strong military background, she developed a deep-rooted passion for serving the nation.
(Bureau Report with Media Inputs).






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