Topper Story - ISHITA RATHI Background
UPSC announced the result of Civil Service 2021 on 30th May 2022, and Delhi girl Ishita Rathi secured 8th rank in her 3rd attempt. Her father is serving in Delhi Police as an assistant sub-inspector. As per Ishita, online content helped her a lot with the UPSC preparation. Ishita didn't join any coaching classes to crack UPSC. Instead, she followed previous years' topper strategy, their tips, and online study material, including youtube videos related to UPSC preparation. Ishita has the ambition to become an IAS officer, and she achieved that feat in her 3rd attempt.
Ishita’s Parents' Roles in Her Sucess
Ishita gives full credit for this grand success to his mother and father, and her parents were a source of inspiration for her. As per Ishita, Civil Service is the platform that gives you authority to implement government policy on the ground and work for the social well beings. It is not just power but has the potential to change the life of common people.
Ishita gave UPSC the first time in 2019, just after completing her post-graduation, but she failed to clear UPSC. Then she again appeared in 2020 for the IAS exam with good preparation, and she passed the UPSC mains (written) exam and appeared for Personality Test, but again she failed to clear UPSC. The third time she again appeared in 2021, and fortunately, she cleared the exam with 8th rank. She was active on social media during his UPSC journey, but that activeness did not affect her preparation.
Ishita Rathi‘s Education
Ishita completed her 12th from DAV Public school; she lives in chhatterpur (south Delhi). She completed her Bachelor of Economics from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University (DU) and her master's degree in Economics from Madras School of Economics in Chennai. Most interesting is that her father and mother both are in Delhi Police, and her brother completed his diploma. Ishita had the dream of getting a government job, and teaching was her Plan-B if she failed to clear the UPSC exam. Fortunately, God gave their blessing to her and provided an opportunity to become part of the institution to develop society and ordinary people's welfare. Even though Ishita lives in Delhi, she has roots in Western Uttar Pradesh (Baghpat area).
The 26-year-old Ishita Rathi cracked UPSC, her vision to work for women's development and social justice. As per Ishita, there is no field where women can't compete with men; women have the intellectual strength to take forward country growth. For UPSC aspirants, Ishita said that the nature of the UPSC exam is very uncertain; the UPSC paper is not the same as your previous attempt. UPSC's journey is not easy for her also as other UPSC candidates. Her Optional Subject was Economics; as per Ishita, never every single moment did she feel the necessity of coaching classes. After seeing the syllabus of UPSC, she felt that most of the topics were covered by her during her schooling, graduation, and post-graduation study. At the same time, huge study material available on the internet free of cost and youtube videos helped me a lot during UPSC preparation in doubt clearance. She checked all previous question papers for prelims and mains exam; she read NCERT books from class 6th to class 12th for all subjects. She reads the newspaper daily and makes short notes, as the newspaper is a great source of current affairs. He prefers some standard books like Laxmikant for Polity, spectrum for history, etc. She mostly followed the study materials and sources referred by most of the toppers, and most important was revision; whatever she read was revised on a regular basis. As per Ishita, students should have a thorough knowledge of the subject, and it is not just completion of courses but completion of its understanding. She usually woke early in the morning but studied as per her target. Sometimes her target is completed within 10 hours, sometimes more than 10 hours.
Last-minute tip before the exam, aspirants should be confident and be positive with confidence about clearing the exam. UPSC prelims are becoming more subjective, so your fundamentals must be clear.