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Every year, lakhs of people attempt the civil services exam in the hope of becoming IAS officers. But, only a handful make the cut in the end. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam is known to be one of the toughest in the world, and cracking it requires months of dedicated preparation. There is no one formula for success, but learning from those who have cleared the exam can be extremely valuable. Two girls of Dwarka have made the sub city proud by qualifying the UPSC exam.

Dwarka City talked to these two girls and congratulated them.

Ms. ISHITA PHULORIA - Ishita Phuloria, aged 23 daughter of Bipin Chandra Phuloria and Ms. Poonam Phuloria, has secured a very creditable All India rank of 140 in her second attempt of the Civil Service Exam,23. A resident of Sector-10, Chandanwadi Apartments, Ishita says that her preparations started after Covid only. She explains, “I was not successful in my first attempt and could not clear the Prelims. Thereafter, I started self-study and also attended some crash courses in Karol Bagh.” She explains that she took crash courses for prelim, mains and also interviews but mostly she relied on self- study. Thus a combination of both works. Ishita also states that she is new in Dwarka and shifted here only a year and half ago. She remarks, “Being in Dwarka was very beneficial as the connectivity was very good for going to my classes. Also, to relieve the stress and for recreation, the Sports complex in Dwarka was a great place. Earlier I was in Saket and the connectivity was not that good. Also, there are study groups and libraries in Dwarka’s Ramphal Chowk that I found very helpful.” Thus Dwarka has proved lucky and beneficial to Ishita in all respects. On support of family member Ishita says, “I will also add the role of the family and parents in the preparations. There was no family pressure. They did not insist on my attending family gatherings or social commitments. As a result I could be very focused on studies and had no diversion. My parents were very cooperative in my entire journey and I have not taken any private coaching. When I did not clear in the first attempt they did not discourage me but in fact motivated me to try again.” Ishita serves as a remarkable inspiration for her unwavering determination and relentless efforts making her a beacon of motivation for aspiring candidates. Through her methodical preparation approach, she emerged triumphant in the esteemed Civil Services Examination.

Ms. MAHIMA – Ms. Mahima, selected for the UPSC Civil Services is a resident of Anusandhan Sector 6, Dwarka. Mahima explains her background. “My family is from Ballia, UP. My grandfather worked for the Ministry of Railways. My father runs an export import business and mother is a CA.” Mahima was clear to pursue Civil Services from school days. “I decided in 12th standard itself to go in for UPSC. I did my schooling from Vishwa Bharti Public School, Dwarka and graduated in Maths from DU. I took 2 attempts. In the meantime, I also appeared for other competitive exams and applied for government jobs. I was selected for DDA. Later I joined as a Class 2 officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs. In my 4th attempt I was finally selected for UPSC.” On what kept her going, Mahima says, “Self-motivation is the biggest factor. Not by parents, movies or any other external factors. Many opportunities are there in the private sector etc. But you have to give your 100% for this exam.” Regarding the issues relating to Dwarka which is a well planned sub city, Mahima says she likes Dwarka but internal transportation still remains a challenge.” I can take it up in case I am posted in Dwarka. In far off pockets, there are issues of security etc. This needs to be attended to.” Shikha informs, “I was ranked 351. I may take another attempt to improve my rank. 8-9 lakh applicants for the exam of which 5-6 lakhs appear for the Preliminary. From this 14,000 selected for Mains exams consisting of 9 papers. 2900 were shortlisted for interviews and finally 1047 were selected for the various Civil services.”


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