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Former Miss India 2016 Finalist Aishwarya ranks 93 in UPSC, let’s share her story

The entire nation is proud of Twenty-three-year-old Aishwarya Sheoran. Her story is one that needs to be told to inspire girls across the nation. What she has accomplished in her life is really commendable. Hailing from Rajasthan, she cracked the prestigious Civil Services examination 2019 in her first attempt itself.

However, what sets her apart from most other UPSC canditates is the fact that she was a former Miss India 2016 finalist. Despite her short spell in the modelling field, she came through with flying colours by cracking UPSC exam. This sums up the essential Aishwarya Sheoran for you.

Former Miss India 2016 Finalist Aishwarya ranks 93 in UPSC, let's share her story
Aishwarya Sheoran. Credits: Google

When she was 18 years old, she was a Femina Miss India 2016 finalist and a student of Delhi University’s Sri Ram College of Commerce. Aishwarya said that she always wanted to be a civil servant. She made it clear that she did modelling as a hobby and that she wanted to explore so many things in life.

“I always wanted to be a civil servant. I did modelling as a hobby. At that age, I wanted to explore so many things. I was the head girl in my school and, in college too, I was an active member of the debate society and participated in the social service, et al.

In the beauty contest, I was noticed by prominent designers like Manish Malhotra who encouraged me to participate in fashion shows. Once I returned to Delhi, I was flooded with offers. The thrill of walking on the ramp kept me going for over a year-and-half. However, as I am a nerd, I wanted to return to my first love — academics,” said Sheoran as per Indian Express

She was always concerned about women’s education and safety. Since her mother hails from Haryana, questions on Khap panchayat, women issues were often asked during the personality round.

“The panel basically tests your perspective, knowledge and the kind of person you are. At that particular day, Donald Trump had arrived in India. So they asked about US-India relations and trade deal, on national infrastructure pipeline etc. They asked what will be my focus while designing a policy,” she added.

Being the proud daughter of a colonel, she travelled across northern India and believes that women education and safety is the need of the hour. She was a bright student and secured 97.5 in her CBSE class 12 exam. She also cracked the Common Admission Test (CAT) in 2017 and earned a seat in IIM-Indore. Nonetheless, she did not join the institute as studying management was not part of her plans.

To prepare for her exam, she switched off all her social media accounts. “I realised that I cannot focus until and unless I keep my phone away.”

Unlike many other aspirants across the country, Sheoran did not join any coaching institute. She pursued the science stream with economics in class XII and has always believed in self-studies.

“I religiously followed online study material from two-three websites and participated in their mock series. The thumb rule was one topic for one book. While many think that the syllabus is wide, I believe CSE is not tough if you narrow down your books. Like for polity, it was Laxmikant that I followed on. Besides for current affairs, I relied on three ed-tech websites and newspapers,” she said.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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