Cassian Baliarsingh

Out of the lakhs of aspirants every year, only a handful crack India’s toughest exam to become IAS, IPS, IFS, and IRS officers. Despite years of hard work and struggle, the dreams of thousands of candidates remain unfulfilled.

However, there are a few who are determined and never give up. One such person was IPS officer Ankita Sharma who failed to crack the UPSC twice. But, with her hard work, perseverance, and sheer determination she managed to make it in her third attempt.

Hailing from Durg in Chhattisgarh, Ankita attended a government school as a kid. Later, she went to do her graduation and then pursued an MBA. However, like every ambitious child, it was her dream to become an IPS officer. After completing her graduation, she moved to New Delhi to start her UPSC preparation journey.

However, she could hardly survive in Delhi for six months and had to return back home. Thus, began her journey of preparation at her home with self-studies. After hours of studies and self-preparation, she made her first attempt but failed to make it.

However, she did not give up and once again attempted for the second time. This time too luck did not come by her side. Instead of breaking down, Ankita improved her self-confidence and once again prepared well for the third time.

This time her hard work paid off and she secured an AIR-203. The inspiring lady is now posted as SP of the Khairagarh-Chhuikhadan-Gandai district. She is known for leading many Naxalite operations in Bastar.

She is happily married to Vivekanand Shukla, an officer in the Indian Army.