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Shuchita Kishore, IAS Topper 2010: You are all alone at some point during the struggle

May 30, 2011 14:44 IST
Shuchita Kishore
Shuchita Kishore

Young woman from Lucknow, Shuchita Kishore, who got 39th position in the Civil Services Exam 2010, spoke to Gulshan Sharma of jagranjosh.com

Shuchita’s is the story of an ordinary but determined girl. Drawing her inspiration from the interviews of IAS toppers and closely following their advice, this young woman from Lucknow finally realised her dream of becoming a civil servant in her third attempt. Shuchita means pure, simple and honest. That’s exactly how this slim and tall young woman of 27 comes across as she makes an effort to smile in front of the camera. Thoughtful and composed in her Salwar Kurta, the 39th ranker in the UPSC Civil Services exam 2010 opines that diplomacy must precede military action as she hopes to become an IFS officer.

One of the four daughters of retired UP government official Mr RK Srivastava, Shuchita could not clear the Prelims in her first attempt at the UPSC due to lack of proper guidance. The second attempt was encouraging as she managed to reach the interview stage. Finally in 2011, Shuchita’s efforts paid off as she secured 39th rank in the Civil Services exam 2010. The hard work clearly reflects in her eyes as she recalls, “It was not that easy to go in for three consecutive attempts but I derived strength from my belief in God.”

As she pursues her PhD in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Shuchita takes pride in showing the copies of IAS interviews that she read way back in 2004 in Jagran Josh. The young diplomat in the making first decided to be a civil servant when she was in class 7 and considers 1996 UPSC topper Mr Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal and 2005 UPSC topper Mona Pruthi her role models. Shuchita loves reading literature and quizzing is her favourite hobby.

Shuchita Kishore went through schooling in Lucknow where she scored 89% and 86% in her class 10 and 12 exams. She then joined Lucknow University from where she completed her BA in Political Science and English Literature with 67%. On graduating from the Lucknow University, she moved to New Delhi to do her Masters in English Literature from JNU. She is currently pursuing her PhD from the JNU itself, the library of which is popularly known as the UPSC hall. Shuchita recognises the importance of educational institutions known for excellence but does not shy away from saying, “It’s not the institutions that make individuals. It’s the people who make institutions.”

Advice to IAS aspirants
Quoting Rig-Veda, Shuchita says, “Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides.” She also identifies with Gandhi’s talisman as she understands the importance of a civil servant whose decisions can affect the entire nation in some way or the other. Shuchita has a word of advice for IAS aspirants as she suggests, “Think about the nation. Try to develop a vision. Never lose hope and with strong determination and hard work, there is nothing that will stop you from succeeding in UPSC exam and life.” She further adds, “You could well be the first person from your school or college to crack the Civil Services exam.”


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Please advise me to prepare well for IAS entenarence




Encouraging. Last three lines really motivate the reader.

Monica Pal,

this kind of person gives us motivation.

asha mohan lal mali,

i am also become ias officer

Ganesh Kavhare,

coming form an aurangabad city,,,nd right nw i m pursing my bsc sy nd i m 22 year old boy i have also do tht exam ,,,,bt i hve no any idea about wich books can i refer plz give me some guidlines you plz contact my e-mail address:- kavhare.ganesh172@gmail.com thanks a lot''







yogesh upadhyay,

mam congrats for ur success pls tell me how to do analysis of my study so that it help me in discovering new aspects abt the any topic and what strategy do i adopt.pls

Anurag singh,

just tell me mam how many hours per you were speding on your studies...

Suman Sharma,

hello mam, plz tell me wt should one required when he wants 2 b an IAS OFFICER.i m good in studies b i lack of confidence.bt 2 b an IAS OFFICER is my one and only dream.thank you and so many best wishes 4 ur future

Suman Sharma,

hello mam, plz tell me wt should one required when he want 2 b an IAS OFFICER.i m good in studies bt i hv lack of confidence. bt 2 b an ias officer is my one and only dream.thank u .and so many best wishes 4 ur future.

shalu verma,

congrats mam.....for ur great success..........


I am Ramesh N. Gaykar 4m mumbai chembur ..


congrats mam..and ya mam u re r8 success comes alone it has no friends and struggle too..congo!!!!!!


realy proud of her...

pankaj pandey,

congrats a lot to u its a pillar for me to prepare for upsc exam best wishes for u

yashoda nailwal,

mam m jst givn my 12 th exm n btwn my exms i lost my dad m from dlhi nt frm high family just frm a middle class family my dream is to became an ias officer so give me some tips for the preparation n how to manage my time..............


Its a very good post, but tell me 1 thing. A person who has been an average student since childhood, can he clear this exam starting preparing at the age of 23 Mind it, this is a very big and useful question for many like me !!!


so inspiring thoughts and helpful too.


readng d articles of des people ws really vry motivatng!! my father always encourages me n tells me d same dat gather all useful knowledge frm anywhere u get!!!

Manmohan singh solanky,



hattsoff to your hardwork


congrats ! hw 2 earing in ths site i newly registered in ths site

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