Cassian Baliarsingh

Millions of UPSC aspirants spend years trying their luck to crack the prestigious Civil Services Exam (CSE). With the vast syllabus covering anything and everything under the sun, only a handful of aspirants succeed in cracking the exam.

It requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance to crack it, and those who miss the chance, have to begin their preparations again from scratch. The popular movie ‘12th Fail’, directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, showed us how aspirants have to ‘re-start’ every year after facing failure.

Today, let us know the inspiring journey of IAS Priyanka Goel, who like the protagonist of 12th Fail, IPS Manoj Kumar, failed 5 times, but did not give up. Her hard work paid off and she finally cracked the UPSC exam on her last attempt.
Despite facing failure five times, she did not give up and re-started her preparation fresh. Finally, she went on to become an IAS officer.

Hailing from Delhi, Priyanka attended Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Delhi University. It was her dream to become an IAS officer from childhood.

Right after her graduation, Priyanka started her preparation journey. Unfortunately, she could not even make it to the Prelims cut-off in her first four attempts. However, she was determined and trusted her inner call. The failures failed to break her determination and willpower. She continued to study hard for her fifth attempt. However, her fifth attempt also did not go as per her plan, leaving her devastated with one and last option.

A determined Priyanka put in more effort and changed her strategy for her last attempt. Finally, the world had to bow down to her hard work and she cracked the UPSC exam with the highest marks (292) in optional subjects. In the final list, she secured 965 marks including 193 in the interview.

An avid social media user, Priyanka enjoys a massive 194K followers on Instagram. She often treats her fans with adorable pictures from her personal and work life. She never fails to treat her fans with lovely pictures of herself.