- Mother of a 4-year-old, Anu Kumari achieved this feat in second attempt
- She was just short of one mark in her previous UPSC preliminary exam
- She devoted 10-12 hours a day for her studies
Haryana's Anu Kumari, 31, secured second rank in UPSC exams and topped the prestigious examination among women. Mother of a four-year-old, Anu Kumari achieved this feat in her second attempt. She was just short of one mark in her previous UPSC preliminary examination. A devoted mother, she not only fulfilled her household responsibilities, but took out 10-12 hours every day for her studies.
"There was no newspaper in the village where I was preparing for my exams," the second-rank holder from Sonipat told NDTV. She resorted to online content for UPSC preparations, she said.
Sharing her success mantra of cracking the UPSC Civil Services Exam, Anu Kumari said, "Strong will is necessary to achieve something in life and if you are able to do that, nothing can stop you from being successful."
Like Telangana's Durishetty Anudeep, who secured first rank in UPSC examination, Anu Kumari also did not take any coaching classes for her preparations. Anu Kumari has studied Physics from Delhi University and is an MBA from IMT Nagpur.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated Anu Kumari with a tweet and wrote that he hopes that Haryana's girls will get inspired from her success.
Over 9.5 lakh candidates applied for the UPSC preliminary examination in 2017. Of these, 4, 56, 625 candidates appeared.
While 13,366 candidates qualified for the Written (Main) Examination which was held in October-November last year, only 2,568 candidates made it for the Personality Test conducted in February-April 2018.
The UPSC result was declared on April 27, Friday. Eight women have made it to the UPSC top 25 list.