Dr. Rama Mishra, a dentist has achieved a brilliant success in UP PCS Exam 2018 as she has been selected as Commercial Tax Officer.
Her medium of writing Mains has been English and she preferred English for Interview as well; but it was bilingual. This success came to her in second attempt.
She had picked up Sociology as Optional subject.
Dr. Rama Mishra from Prayagraj, UP completed her Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Sadar Patel Dental College, Lucknow in 2015.
She has accomplished a goal she set for herself – A career in Civil Services.
Revealing her motivation for career-choice Rama said, “Dreams can be real if you live by them day & night. The very idea of becoming a Civil Servant was planted in me by my father during my high-school; but I pursued a professional degree before that for having an alternative career option.
You are a dentist; why career in civil services?
As a dentist, I have a limited operational area. There are other causative factors in healthcare sectors apart from disease itself which needs to be addressed. These factors put individuals in a vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition and deprivation. This drove me again towards Civil Service so that I can do something better for my people.
Being in administration, I can better utilize my expertise domain and implement task/schemes assigned for the betterment of under/un-privileged section.
In last, I wouldn’t deny that the prestige and social recognition associated with the services was one of the reasons why I opted it as my career.
Family & their Contributions
My father Shri Bal Krishna Mishra is a Jailor and my mother Smt. Kamlesh Mishra is a homemaker. My father motivated me throughout this journey and stood as a pillar in hard times. He helped me develop administrative capabilities.
My younger siblings were supportive and always encouraged me to achieve my dreams. My brother Kardam Mishra and sister Marisha Mishra both are Law graduates and preparing for judicial services. My uncle Ram Krishna Mishra’s contribution cannot be forgotten.
My in-laws never questioned my decision of preparing for civil services and always supported me in the best possible ways. My husband Dr. Gaurav Mishra to help me in expanding my analytical capabilities through debates and discussions. I am thankful to each and everyone who have joined me throughout because without their support it wouldn’t have been possible.
Before starting with the preparation, one should go through the syllabus of UPSC/UP PSC because it is important to understand the demand of the exam; what to study and what to leave.
Entire process is divided in three stages – Preliminary, Mains & Personality Test/Interview; but it cannot be prepared in three different stages.
You should cover all the topics of syllabus simultaneously for Prelims, Mains & Interview.
For Preliminary Exam :
For Main Exam :
For Interview :
Time required for Preparation
I would say that it is a myth that this exam requires 16-18 hours of study.
You just have to be consistent in this journey and 6-8 hours of thorough study for Preliminary Exam is enough (depending upon your potential).
A stress-free mind acquires more knowledge than a stressed one.
Yes, for mains you will have to devote some more time
The First Stage of The Journey - Prelims
Preliminary examination does not require luck. I think it is the simplest step.
You just have to revise your syllabus twice or thrice before appearing in the exam. You do not need to score 180 or more as it is not included in final merit. So, for me it requires your dedication and hard work, not just luck. I only solved 98-100 questions in UPPSC 2018 pre and I got 120 marks. So, try to eliminate the answers using your knowledge.
How to attempt the paper I used to solve question in three iteration.
At 1st, the questions I was sure about. In 2nd, the question which I was 80% sure and in last, I made few attempts based on calculative guess.
Essay and Optional Subject - A Strategic Move
These two subjects/papers must be prepared well as they are the ones who will decide on merit and rank.
For Essays I had selected topics in 4 categories :
- Women related issues
- Infrastructural problems
- Burning international relations
- Government schemes
Number of Attempts
It was my second attempt in UP PSC.
In my first attempt, I read many books and sources which I couldn’t revise in the end so I could not qualify even prelims.
Books and Study-Material
I did not read many books rather I revised one book 10 times. I did not take help of any new book except ‘Ghatnachakra’ for UP PSC as I’m preparing for UPSC the same books I referred for UP PSC.
General studies :
Paper I –IGNOU notes + Vajiram Class notes+ Vikas Ranjan
Paper II – Various society & current problem of society from newspaper • Along with that I solved previous years question paper.
I was interviewed by Dr. Ramji Maurya Sir’s Board on 21st August 2020. It lasted for about 25-30 minutes.
What are you doing?
You’re already a doctor which is so respectable job in itself then why you want to join civil service? - What is your Post-preference?
Credit for Success
As it is not my destination, it’s just a beginning. I am preparing for UPSC and will put all my efforts for this.
I am grateful to God, my parents, in-laws, husband, brother, sister & my friends. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has directly/indirectly, knowingly/unknowingly or in any way helped me in life till now or during the course of my preparation. I owe this success to them.
Travelling & reading books
Confident, extrovert & punctual
Over-thinker & emotional
Success Mantra for Future Aspirants
Keep your resources minimum
Revise as much as you can
Make notes and
Do not cut-off yourself from the things which makes you happy.