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Apeksha Bagchi

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Haryana’s Anu Kumari And MP’s Tapasya Parihar Get 2nd And 23rd Rank In UPSC Exam

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  •  April 28, 2018

Securing the 2nd rank in the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) Civil Services exam 2017, Anu Kumari, 31, from Haryana’s Sonepat district, is an inspiration to millions. This was Anu’s second attempt, and so was Tapasya Parihar’s, the daughter of a farmer in MP. She got the 23rd ranks in the results announced on Friday.

Married and mother of a four-year-old, Anu is a Physics Honours graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University, and an MBA from IMT Nagpur. Two years ago, she quit her job at a private company, Aviva Life Insurance, after working there for nine years to start preparing for UPSC civil exams.

“My job was good, but there was no internal satisfaction. It all became so mechanical that at one point I could not take it anymore. So I decided to quit and take up something through which I can contribute to society,” she said.

With just two months’ preparation, Anu gave her first attempt in 2016 and missed the cut off by just one mark. “Technically this was my second attempt, but I consider it as my first only because I could not prepare at all last time. I’m glad that I cleared it this time or next year would have been my last attempt due to the age limit,” she said.

The 31-year-old’s mantra for success was to not lose focus and become disheartened after her first attempt.

“I come from Haryana, where we see regularly the regressive nature of society and increasing crimes against women. Since I have got this amazing opportunity now, I would like to make most of it and work on women’s empowerment,” she said.

As for Tapasya, she gives the credit of her success to her father Vishwas and her mother, who never said no to her and always been supportive to her.

Want to know the mantra behind her success? “I have not been an extra-ordinary student but always believed in hard work. I always tried to thoroughly command the subject I studied. This was the reason behind my success,” she said.

H/T: Hindustan Times

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