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In the wake of the UPSC results, inspiring success stories have emerged, and today we delve into the remarkable journey of Akhila BS. Despite losing her right arm in a tragic bus accident at the tender age of 5, Akhila secured an All India rank of 760 in the UPSC 2022 exam, refusing to let her disability hinder her dreams.

Hailing from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Akhila is the daughter of K Burari, the former principal of Cotton Hill Government Girls High School. The accident on September 11, 2000, rendered her right arm irreparable, even with the assistance of a team of doctors from Germany.

However, Akhila’s indomitable spirit shone through as she adapted to her new circumstances, mastering daily tasks with her left hand and diligently practicing writing. She excelled in her board exams and enrolled in an integrated Master’s degree program at IIT Madras.

During her time at IIT, a teacher introduced Akhila to the UPSC civil services exam. Undertaking extensive research and self-study, she embarked on her UPSC preparation journey. Beginning in 2019, she attempted the exam in 2020, 2021, and 2022, successfully clearing the prelims each time. However, it was in 2023 that she achieved her coveted place in the Mains.

In an interview, Akhila candidly shared the challenges she faced, including the demanding nature of the examination that required prolonged periods of study. Writing for three to four hours at a stretch proved arduous, causing fatigue and body pain. Nonetheless, with unwavering perseverance, she overcame these obstacles, motivated by her aspiration to become an IAS officer.

Akhila’s unwavering determination shines as she articulates her resolve to continue her pursuit of the UPSC until she realizes her dream job. Her remarkable journey serves as an inspiration, showcasing the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Re reported the article from the story originally published in news18

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