Poonam Singh

The civil services exam conducted by the UPSC stands as a formidable challenge for aspirants dreaming of donning the prestigious titles of IAS, IFS, IPS, and IRS. Among the sea of candidates, Vishakha Yadav's journey is a testament to unwavering determination and sacrifice.

According to a DNA report, born and raised in Delhi, Vishakha's trajectory seemed destined for success after securing admission to Delhi Technological University (DTU) and subsequently landing a lucrative position at Cisco in Bengaluru. Despite the financial allure of her high paying job, Vishakha felt a profound calling to become an IAS officer.

Breaking away from the comfort of her corporate life, Vishakha decided to devote all her energy and time to UPSC preparation after a stint at Cisco. Enduring two initial setbacks, she persisted and emerged triumphant in her third attempt in 2019, securing an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 6 with 1046 marks out of 2025.

What makes Vishakha's achievement even more remarkable is her technical background. Opting for Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) as her optional subject, she shattered preconceived notions about career transitions. Throughout her challenging journey, Vishakha found unwavering support from her family, particularly her father, Assistant Sub-Inspector Rajkumar Yadav, and mother, Sarita Yadav, who served as pillars of strength.

Vishakha Yadav's story encapsulates the spirit of resilience and determination required to navigate the arduous path from the corporate world to the esteemed realm of Indian civil services.