2018 Batch IAS Anu Kumari from Sonepat bestowed President Medal

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“For the 2018 batch of IAS, the President of India Gold Medal & certificate has been awarded to Ms. Anu Kumari”.

New Delhi: The 2018 Batch IAS Anu Kumari from Sonepat who had secured AIR 2nd Rank in UPSC exam, has given another reason of pride after completion of her training at Lal Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA).

Informing the latest development on its Official Twitter Handle, LBSNAA, announced “For the 2018 batch of IAS, the President of India Gold Medal & certificate has been awarded to Ms. Anu Kumari”.

Modest Background

Anu Kumari, mother of a toddler, who lived in Sonepat with her parents had completed her schooling from there and then commuted to Delhi for her higher education.

It has been a practice in National Capital Region districts of Haryana to commute to Delhi for college education as bus services and train connectivity makes the journey smooth and easy.

As every success has a cost, Anu had to leave her home to purse her degree in Management to Maharashtra and after its completion she had got her first job in a private company. She shifted her base from Nagpur to a new address in Mumbai. She later transferred to Gurugram in Haryana.

UPSC Turning Point

Backed by her strong academic background and grip on subjects, Anu Kumar was often appreciated and tagged cut above the rest. “I was often asked to write UPSC exam but I wanted financial stability first before writing my test for UPSC”, she said.

After acquiring financial stability, Anu was convinced by her family members to quit job and sit in UPSC exam in 2016.

She missed the prestigious exam cut-off list by a single mark in her first attempt. She had little time to prepare for the debut exam but she left no stone unturned in her second attempt and even sacrificed the time with family and her toddler son at that time.

The fruits of hard work paid off when the result was announced of 2018 UPSC. The married girl from Haryana’s Sonepat known for skewed gender ratio, had attracted the attention of nation after she topped the chart of prestigious exam.

Ace Model Turned Civil Service Aspirant story– Aishwarya Sheoran

New Delhi: At the age of 23, Aishwarya Sheoran, who remained ace Model in glamour industry, has secured 93rd All India Rank in the Civil Service Examinations.

Named after iconic actor Aishwarya Rai, this Aishwarya was given this name by family members so that can be Miss India one day.

Aishwarya has roots in Rajasthan but her mother comes from Haryana.

Hailing from Army background, Aishwarya too was interested in donning olive uniform but chose to bring diversity in the family.

Her father Colonel Ajay Kumar is presently serving in Indian Army posted at Karimnagar.

“I always wanted to be a civil servant but wanted to try my luck in modeling so went up to becoming Miss India finalist”, says Aishwarya.

Cut from Social Media

On her journey to crack the civil service examinations in her first attempt, Aishwarya said that the passion to work for country as civil servant drove me to study table.

“I took a break from my modeling career and cut off all connections from my all social media platforms including instagram. I did not want any distraction for me during study time”, says Aishwarya.

“If modeling was my hobby then civil service was my passion so it prevailed when I seriously wanted it to give a direction to my career”, she added while sharing her inspirational story.

She says that it paid off and she got a call for interview in the month of February, 2020.

Questions on Khap

Elaborating on the questions asked during the UPSC interview, Aishwarya shares that diverse range of questions were asked from her including international relations to polity.

On being asked about the relevance of Haryana’s Khaps in present era, she said that Supreme Court has termed them illegal bodies. If khaps have to maintain their sanctity they would have to connect with masses through the government flagship programs like Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Women Empowerment.

“I come from Jat family and sometime the community’s name is raked for not giving liberty or opportunity to fair gender. Though I remained lucky that I got unflinching support from my family”, she adds.

She said that even she was flooded with positive messages and motivational words from her villagers when she was contesting for Miss India.

Aishwarya said that she wanted to work on women empowerment issues and make the way easy for more girls to break the patriarchy and nurture their dreams.


She said that she did not join any coaching center for preparing for UPSC exam. The tools and content material available on internet remained helpful for her.

“My younger brother helped me preparing notes for the exam. I prepared strategy to study and attempt in exam during the prepartion time as it is of utmost important”, she said.

Recalling one incident, she said that once she had gone to take mock test in Mumbai but she was told that she is already full of confidence and does not need any such coaching.

“My parents would ask questions and I would answer them. This is how I prepared for the interviews”, she summed.

She was school head girl in her school and later joined Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi to purse her higher studies.


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