Cassian Baliarsingh

While it may look like a mere career option from the outside, the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) is a question of life and death for many aspirants. Several candidates left their lucrative jobs and promising careers as engineers and doctors to fulfill their dreams of becoming an IAS, IPS, or IFS.

One such inspiring journey is that of IFS Apala Mishra who was a practicing doctor. However, she quit it to start UPSC preparation. Despite being a brilliant mind, it took her three attempts to finally crack India’s toughest exam.

Hailing from Ghaziabad, Apala’s father is a retired Colonel in the Army while her brother serves as a Major. As per reports, Apala excelled in academics and made education her priority since her school days.


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After her intermediate, she went on to study Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) from an Army College. However, she was always driven to be a civil servant and soon began her UPSC preparation after completing her studies.

Her first attempt was in 2018, but could not clear the prelims too. However, without being dejected she focused more on her preparations and made her second attempt in 2019. Unfortunately, even this year was not good for her.

Nonetheless, Apala was determined and changed her preparation strategy and put in a lot of hard work and rigorous studies. She appeared for the UPSC exam again for the third time in 2020 and guess what. She cracked the exam with an impressive AIR-9.

As per a report in DNA India, she had secured an impressive 215 out of 275 marks to set a new record. Her dedication and perseverance are an example for millions of aspirants who dream of becoming civil servants one day.