Cassian Baliarsingh

She never thought of joining the civil services. She was happy working in movies and was doing well in the profession. However, fate had something else for her. Today, she is one of the most loved and admired IPS officers in the country.

Meet Simala Prasad, an IPS officer of the 2010 batch. Daughter of IAS Bhagirath Prasad and prominent author Mehrunnisa Parvez, Simala was more interested in performing arts like acting and dancing since childhood.

Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, Simala attended St Joseph School in Bhopal and went on to pursue her graduation in commerce. She then did her masters in Sociology from Bhopal’s Barkatullah University. Although her father was an IAS officer, she never intended to become a civil servant.

After her graduation, she joined movies and worked in films like Alif and Nakkash. In Alif, she played the role of Shammi and was praised for her performance. Similarly, she gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of a journalist in Nakkash.

After her Masters, she decided to give Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MP PSC) exam a try. Interestingly, she cleared the state civil services exam and went on to become a DSP. She then decided to try her hand at cracking the coveted Civil Services Exam.

She did not join any coaching institute and instead decided to focus on self-studies. The talented Simala cleared the UPSC CSE in her very first attempt that too without any coaching. She opted to join the Indian Police Services (IPS) and is posted as SP in Betul district in Madhya Pradesh.

It is stories of women like Simala that instill hope and aspiration among civil service aspirants.