Cassian Baliarsingh

IAS Jagrati Aswasthi is a remarkable example of tenacity, perseverance and hard work. Her journey from being an engineer to an IAS officer is sheer resilience and determination. Among the millions of aspirants, Jagrati stands out for her passion to serve the country.

Hailing from Bhopal’s Shivaji Nagar in Madhya Pradesh, Jagrati belongs to a close-knit family comprising her parents and her brother. According to News18, her mother was a school teacher and her father is a homoeopath while her brother is currently doing his MBBS.

A brilliant student from her school days, Jagrati graduated in 2016 with a degree in electrical engineering from the prestigious Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology. In 2016, Jagrati took the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and secured an impressive All India Rank (AIR-41) on her very first attempt.

She attained an impressive government job as technical officer at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). However, her heart was in UPSC as her mother always wanted to see her as an IAS officer. However, due to her rigorous work schedule in BHEL, Jagrati could not fulfill her goal of passing the Civil Services Examination (CSE).

Finally, she decided to quit her job and move to New Delhi to prepare for UPSC. However, her plan to move to Delhi was derailed by Covid-19 pandemic, which compelled her to return to Bhopal. But, Jagrati adjusted to the circumstances and proceeded with training via virtual classes.

Her hard work paid off and after a year of unwavering dedication and perseverance, she secured an impressive AIR-2 and went on to become the female topper of the year in 2020.