“Focusing on one thing at a time has power to produce incredible result” says Anu Kumari (AIR 2; CSE 2017)

A Physics Honours graduate from Hindu College, Delhi, and an MBA from IMT Nagpur, mother of 4-yr-old child, Anu Kumari, from Sonipat (Haryana) has got 2nd rank in Civil Services Examination 2017.

She had worked with companies like ICICI Prudential, Religare Health and Aviva Life Insurance before she decided to appear in Civil Services Examination.

She achieved this splendid success in her second attempt with Sociology as optional subject.

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Anu Kumari, 31, form Sonipat (Haryana) is the topper among women and has secured 2nd rank in Civil Services Examination 2017.

November 1986 born Anu belongs to a lower-middle income family from Haryana. She completed her schooling from Sonipat only. For graduation she came to Delhi and joined Hindu college and later, done MBA (Finance & Marketing) from IMT, Nagpur. All throughout she had excelled in her studies that ensured her a bright future.

Immediately after MBA, Anu got a big break and joined ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund and shifted to Mumbai. As happens in corporate world, she changed companies one after another and her career progression had been quite smooth.Anu-kumari-2nd-rank-upsc-ias-topper-cse-2017-sociology

However, Anu’s brother and maternal uncle always encouraged her to look beyond the career she had chosen and were sure of her brilliance in academics.

Sharing her feelings, Anu said, “Career in ‘IAS’ was always back of mind as I wanted to contribute towards society especially for women and children; but, my immediate target was to settle in life first.”

“Going was good; but, meeting targets and challenges an upcoming industry throws; i started feeling monotonous. I wished to do something meaningful. After working for exactly 8 years, I left my last job Aviva Life Insurance, Gurgaon with a package of Approx. 19 Lakhs, just to pursue my dreams”, she added.

With my family’s support and encouragement, I was not at all afraid of the decision I had taken. I was immediately in action mode and commence preparation in whatever short time I had in hand.

“As such, I had only two attempts left due to age factor, so I didn’t have much of choice. I had a clear-cut target and I completely cut myself from all sorts of distractions. No daydreaming, I was actually involved in serious studies”, candidly admitted Anu.

Immediately after leaving job, she took her first attempt in CSE 2016 and appeared in Preliminary Examination with only 5-6 few weeks’ preparation. The Preliminary Examination negative result didn’t affect her preparation plan as she barely missed Prelims cut-off just by one mark.

“I used this failure as a valuable feedback that I am on right track and I just refined my strategy and continued to move forward.”

With lack of resources available, Anu depended on internet to get information about preparation and for updated study-material. With a well-planned strategy, she kept on preparing for CSE 2017 with a more informed and skilled approach.

About chances of her success in this attempt, Anu said, “I was optimistic about a positive outcome and was confident of finding my name it the list; but, my family and a few friends were expecting to see me among top 5.

As I couldn’t afford to deviate from my aim, I focussed all my energies on preparation and these efforts have produced really incredible result.


Last Update Tuesday 16th July 2019     

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