Believe in Self and Constant Support from Family and Friends worked for me; says Vishakha Yadav (AIR 6; CSE 2019)

Believe in Self and Constant Support from Family and Friends worked for me; says Vishakha Yadav (AIR 6; CSE 2019)

Atul Kapoor Last Update on: 11 Jul 2022

Vishakha Yadav, a software engineer from Delhi College of Engineering (DTU) has achieved 6th rank in Civil Services Examination and has accomplished her goal in style.

With single focus Vishakha was fully engaged with this examination and absorbed in the task; however, it took three attempts to reach her destination.

She had chosen Political Science and International Relations as optional subject.

“What the success of a top ranker in Civil Services Examination represents, is what you wish for – Success with top ranks.”

And this is the motivation that makes lakhs of aspirants to try their luck with this giant examination.

Precisely this is the reason the beginning is always with enthusiasm and as you move forward, you encounter some hurdles that creates some hiccups in the middle.

However, your focus, your passion comes into play and with some corrective measures when you resume your efforts, you are able to overcome all your worries and in the end, emerge victorious.

By showing resolve and consistency in preparation Vishakha Yadav posted a grand success in Civil Services Examination 2019 by securing sixth rank in the merit-list.

Brilliant Vishakha did her schooling from Delhi and secured 96% marks in 10th and 95% marks in 12th.

After completing her engineering degree from Delhi College of Engineering (DTU), Vishakha worked with Cisco Systems, Bangalore for two and half years before she planned her forey in to Civil Services Examination.

Revealing her outlook at the career in Civil Service Vishakha said, “I always took inspiration from my father’s work and dreamt of an opportunity to work on a bigger platform to bring about a meaningful change in me and society at large.”

Vishakha Yadav (AIR 6; CSE 2019)

The Journey
My endeavor started with CSE 2017 and I explored a lot about the exam-plan, resources and its necessities.

I was so much focused towards my goal that I did not applied for any other examination and was diligently preparing for Civil services Examination only.

Though, I worked hard, I could not clear Preliminary Examination in my first two attempts.

This examination is not only about covering syllabus, what matters is how best you can use your knowledge and awareness to tackle the creative questions that UPSC presents.

When you feel something is not right

The reality check revealed that I lacked a lot of things in my previous attempts.

When the preparation seemed to be perfect to face the challenge, some of my shortcomings came on fore.

To be precise, these were relating to my planning, revision and practice.

When I was preparing for my third attempt, I looked for the right advice on preparation plan as I was able to pinpoint my mistakes in previous two attempts. I watched a few toppers strategy videos and got some insights.

Vishakha Yadav (AIR 6; CSE 2019) with parents

So, this time it was consistency and sticking to my plan and targets that contributed the most in getting top ranks in this attempt.

For the Prelims, I did adequate amount of revisions, especially solving MCQs that I didn't do initially and paid a huge price.

It was my parent’s consistent and unwavering support and motivation was the most special factor behind my success.

My family - My Pillar of Strength

My father Shri Raj Kumar Yadav is working with Delhi Police and my mother is a house wife. Like every other middle class family, it was also my parent's dream to see me as Civil servant. I think family's contribution in one's success is incommensurable at every little step. My mother has been my pillar of strength throughout.

Vishakha Yadav (AIR 6; CSE 2019) with mother

Secret of Success

Believe in self and constant support from family and friends.

Credit for Success

Undoubtedly my mother deserves the most of the credit. Though, I owe my success to everyone who has helped me build my life; but all that I am today and will be, is all because of my mother’s every little sacrifice, hard work and love.

A Word of Advice to Motivate Future Aspirants

When you prepare for civil Services Examination, it is time to realize your potential. A single minded focus towards you goal will guide you throughout the journey.It is a big examination and syllabus encompassing many disciplines; so the best way is to have a plan broken down in small realistic targets and focus always remain on execution.

If at any stage you fail, don't give up. Take it as it is the “First attempt at learning.”


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