we are going to tell you a story of a girl who became the UPSC All-India second topper of the 2011 batch. But people don’t believe when they get to know that she had failed in class VI exams and yet managed to crack the exams.For someone who was unable to cope with the pressure of moving to a boarding school and failed in Class VI while studying at the Sacred Heart School in Dalhousie, this success is a testimony to the adage that failures are the stepping stones to success.
“Ever since I failed in Class 6, I am scared of failure. It was very depressing. But after that incident, I made up my mind that I won’t sulk and complain. I will work hard and give things my best. I believe that if one decides to persevere and come out of that phase, nothing can stop you achieving success,” says Rukmani Riar, UPSC all-India second topper of the 2011 batch.
Rukmani is a Gold Medallist in her Post Graduation in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Rukmani got success in the most prestigious exam in her very first attempt. Her father is a Hoshiarpur-based advocate.
In states that have been in the news for discriminating against the girl child, the two women have done Punjab and Haryana proud by topping the civil services examination and bagging the first and second positions. Rukmani Riar has secured the second rank in the Civil Services Examination in her first attempt. Rukmani wanted to become an IAS officer so that she can use her experience and training to serve the nation in a better way.
Rukmani Riar recommended NCERT books from 6th to 12th. She read the newspapers exhaustively for the interview and attended mock sessions to make her self more confident and reduce her follies. She revised the notes made from the newspaper at least 2-3 times before the Prelims and read editorials once before the Mains. She read each topic along with the articles which makes the preparation more through. Rukmani Riar also solved previous year question papers and also practised expected questions to give herself a fair idea about the level of preparation.
“I always wanted to serve the nation,” she adds. And you can well believe her — she has interned with the Planning Commission of India and NGOs in Karnataka and Maharashtra over the last few years, researching and understanding various social policies and finding ways to help them make a positive impact upon society.
The young achiever talks about how she overcame the fear of failure, how she seeks inspiration from Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abdul Kalam and Manmohan Singh and offers tips to aspirants on how to crack the exam.
Rukmani said, “My hard work has paid off and I am very happy. I credit my parents, teachers, friends, and above all god for the success. My message to aspiring candidates is that consistency, hard work, and persistence is the key to success. Go for it. If I can do it, everybody else can, and nothing can stop you.”