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Father Diagnosed With Cancer, Daughter Cracked UPSC Exam To Be An IAS Officer At 22

The 2023 UPSC Mains Exam spanned from September 15 to September 24, 2023, conducted across multiple test centers nationwide.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Dec 9, 2023 09:38 IST
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On December 8, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) unveiled the UPSC Mains Result 2023, a pivotal outcome for candidates appearing in one of India’s most challenging exams. The results for the Civil Services (Main) Examination 2023 are now accessible for viewing and download on the official website, upsc.gov.in.

The 2023 UPSC Mains Exam spanned from September 15 to September 24, 2023, conducted across multiple test centers nationwide. This rigorous three-tier examination is undertaken by individuals aspiring to become IAS, IPS, or IFS officers. Among the success stories is Ritika Jindal, an aspirant who surmounted numerous hurdles to secure an All India Rank (AIR) of 88.

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Ritika Jindal, an IAS officer hailing from Punjab, completed her schooling in Moga. Excelling as the top student in North India’s CBSE Class 12, Ritika pursued her higher education at Delhi’s Sri Ram College of Commerce, securing the third position in the college with an impressive 95%.

Her journey towards the UPSC commenced during her undergraduate years, driven by her steadfast aspiration to become an IAS officer. Although initially falling short in her first attempt, Ritika, undeterred, persisted and eventually retook the UPSC exam.

In 2018, on her second attempt, Ritika Jindal clinched success in the UPSC exam, securing an AIR 88 at the age of 22, making her one of the youngest candidates. Her journey towards becoming an IAS officer was marked by challenging times, notably with her father’s health battles—first with mouth cancer and later lung cancer.

Despite these adversities, Ritika remained resolute in her UPSC exam preparation. Recounting her challenges, she mentioned, “My hometown lacks resources and infrastructure.” Amidst her father’s illness, she stood by him, often accompanying him for treatment in Ludhiana.

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Recently, Ritika Jindal accepted a relocation to Pangi in Chamba, following a government decision to transfer sixteen IAS officers. Pangi, an isolated area, became her new terrain as she served as Resident Commissioner, embracing the responsibilities that came with the posting.

First published on: Dec 09, 2023 09:38 AM IST

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