Cassian Baliarsingh

Some face adverse situations at a very young age due to poverty or financial constraints in their lives. However, it depends on whether to strengthen oneself or break down and give up. If we want and are dedicated, we can turn adversity into opportunity and fight to bring out the best in life.

A glaring example is IPS Anshika Jain, who cracked UPSC with self-study with her unwavering persistence and determination. She was only five years old when she lost both her parents. She was raised by her grandmother and uncle who became her pillar of strength.

Despite being an orphan, IPS Anshika Jain is one such inspiring person who stood up against her adversities and is one of the renowned IPS officers India has produced. Born in Delhi, Anshika lost both her parents and was brought up by her grandmother.

Being a teacher, her grandmother brought her up to dream big in life and become a civil servant. Growing up, Anshika idolized her grandmother who was both her father and mother. As a tribute to her grandmother for raising her in life after her parent’s death, Anshika decided to fulfill her dream of seeing her as a civil servant.

She attended Ramjas College, Delhi University for B.Com and later went on to pursue M.Com after her graduation. It was during her M.Com days, that Anshika began her UPSC journey. She was offered a good-paying job in a leading MNC after her graduation, but she rejected it and instead focused on her civil services preparation.

Unfortunately, Anshika also lost her grandmother in 2019 during her preparation days. It was one of the hardest moments of her life as she lost her support system. However, she recollected herself and resumed her preparation, and relied entirely on self-study.

Despite all her hard work, Anshika failed to crack the exam in four attempts. Eventually, her hard work paid off and she secured an impressive AIR-306 in UPSC CSE 2022 on her fifth attempt. She then chose the Indian Police Service and today, she is one of the most celebrated IPS officers in the country.

Talking about her personal life, she is married to fellow IAS officer Vasu Jain. The couple tied the knot in 2023.

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