Success Story Rukmani Riar, IAS Topper 2011 (AIR-2)
UPSC all-India second topper Rukmani Riar did not believe in coaching and
cracked the exam in her first attempt. She tells us how she did it.
Ever since the UPSC results were announced, Rukmani Riar's phone hasn't
Although Chandigarh-born Rukmani has received gold medals for her academic
achievements and research during graduation and post-graduation, she says that
this new feeling of success is overwhelming.
"People from all over have been trying to reach me to
congratulate me and my family. It's a proud moment for all of us," beamed the
26-year-old, who holds a master's degree in social entrepreneurship from the
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where she consistently topped her
What makes her second-highest nationwide UPSC score even more special is the
fact that Rukmani did not opt for any coaching and cleared the civil services
exam in her very first attempt.
"If you are consistent and perseverant in your preparation, you can crack the
exam without coaching," suggests the topper, who chose political science and
sociology as her main subjects for the exam.
For someone who was unable to cope with the pressure of
moving to a boarding school and failed in Class VI while studying at the Sacred
Heart School in Dalhousie, this success is a testimony to the adage that
failures are the stepping stones to success.
"Ever since I failed in Class VI, I am scared of failure. It
can be very depressing. But after that incident, I made up my mind that I won't
sulk and complain. I will work hard and give things my best. I believe that if
one decides to persevere and come out of that phase, nothing can stop you
achieving success," advises Rukmani over the phone from Chandigarh.