The journey of IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer Rishita Gupta serves as a remarkable testament to the unwavering determination and resilience required to conquer the challenging Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination. Hailing from Delhi, Rishita initially aspired to become a doctor, a dream she pursued with her family’s unwavering support. However, fate had other plans. During her Class 12 years, her father’s battle with cancer ended tragically. This devastating loss instilled in Rishita a profound sense of responsibility towards her family.
Despite the adversity she faced, Rishita continued to press forward, resolute in her determination to achieve her dreams while shouldering the newfound responsibilities life had thrust upon her. After completing her school education, she opted for an English Honours program for her undergraduate studies, excelling academically.
It was during this phase that her dream of becoming a doctor transformed into a new aspiration: cracking the UPSC Civil Services Examination. With unwavering determination and relentless effort, Rishita pursued this formidable goal and achieved it in her very first attempt in 2018, securing an All India Rank.
Rishita Gupta credited her success to the nurturing and supportive environment her parents had cultivated at home, enabling her to channel her focus entirely into her studies. She recognized the pivotal role her family played in providing the conditions necessary for academic excellence.
In terms of her UPSC CSE preparation strategy, Rishita stressed the importance of creating meticulous notes, rigorous mock test practice, and a commitment to continuous revision. She also emphasized the significance of learning from the mistakes of other aspirants who had trodden this challenging path before her.
For aspiring UPSC candidates, Rishita’s advice centered on establishing a strong conceptual foundation and commencing their journey by studying NCERT textbooks, which serve as a fundamental building block for success.
Re-reported from the article originally published in The News 18 English