Got Ranked in Top 10, But Chose IFS over IAS, Stated This Reason
Got Ranked in Top 10, But Chose IFS over IAS, Stated This Reason

Got Ranked in Top 10, But Chose IFS over IAS, Stated This Reason

In a surprising turn of events, Apala Mishra, originally from Basti district in Uttar Pradesh, secured the 9th rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020 but chose the Indian Foreign Services (IFS) over the much-coveted Indian Administrative Services (IAS). This decision has intrigued many, as traditionally, candidates aim for the IAS, especially when they secure top ranks.

The Unconventional Choice

Apala Mishra's decision to opt for the IFS over the IAS has raised eyebrows. In an interview, when asked why she made this unconventional choice despite securing a top rank, Apala stated two primary reasons. First, she has a keen interest in international relations and has always been passionate about studying and understanding this subject. Second, she comes from an army background and has always wanted to represent India at the international level.

The Journey to Success

Apala Mishra is a BDS graduate from Army Medical College. Before preparing for the UPSC exam, she was a skilled dental surgeon. She cleared the UPSC exam in her third attempt; she couldn't even pass the prelims in her first two attempts. Her father, Amitabh Mishra, is a retired Colonel, and her mother, Professor Alpana Mishra, is a renowned Hindi storyteller and a professor at Delhi University. Her brother is also an army officer.

Interview Topper

Notably, Apala scored the highest marks in the interview round of the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020. She scored 215 out of 275, the highest in the last five years.

Preparation Strategy

Apala started her preparation in 2018 from home and aimed to study for 7-8 hours daily. She emphasized the importance of self-confidence and continuous hard work for UPSC aspirants. According to her, discipline is crucial for preparing for this exam. Her daily routine included waking up at a fixed time, doing some physical exercise, eating healthy, and studying for 7-8 hours.

Apala Mishra's story is not just about clearing one of the toughest exams in India but also about making unconventional choices that align with one's passion and interests. Her journey is an inspiration for many young aspirants who aim to clear the UPSC exams.


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