Cassian Baliarsingh

From quitting a lucrative job in Bangalore to securing an impressive AIR-6 in UPSC, IAS Vishakha Yadav’s life journey is a testament to her resolute determination and unwavering dedication. Her success exemplifies the potency of perseverance and the pursuit of her dreams.

Born in New Delhi’s Dwarka in 1994, Vishakha was a bright student from school. After her Class 10 and 12, she went on to pursue engineering from Delhi Technological University (DTU). 

After passing out in 2014, Vishakha easily secured a lucrative job as a software developer at Cisco Systems, Bangalore. However, she understood that her inner calling was to become an IAS officer and give it back to society. Finally, she left her job and decided to embark on the path to becoming an IAS officer, Zee News reported.

Vishakha's father, an assistant sub-inspector and mother stood firmly by her decision to quit her job for UPSC preparation. The unwavering encouragement from her parents served as a pillar of strength throughout her arduous journey.

Vishakha's preparation journey included intensive coaching and long hours spent in the local library, reading competitive books and previous years’ questions. She even solved the Sudoku puzzle to sharpen her mind. 

However, Vishakha had to face two back-to-back setbacks with two unsuccessful attempts. She could not even clear her Prelims. However, every failure only gave her the courage to work harder and finally, her hard work paid off. 
The third attempt yielded success, as she not only cleared the UPSC exam, but secured an impressive AIR-6.

Vishakha’s story of success serves as a beacon of hope for countless aspirants that any goal can be achieved with hard work and proper dedication.