Brother leaves his job for her, Sister becomes IAS, now family has 2 IAS officers

Clearing UPSC exam needs some serious piece of hard work, grit and determination. Students who get started on the path towards achieving their goals always give their heart to pull off something special.

Everyone dreams to clear the Civil Services Exam, but very few are fortunate to crack the exam. Today, we are talking about such a woman named Artika Shukla who cracked India’s toughest exam UPSC in just her first attempt.

The 25-year-old woman has achieved something incredible in her life which others can only dream of. Artika Shukla who secured All India Rank 4 in the UPSC Civil Services exam faced difficulties in her career before touching the pinnacle of success.

This is an inspiring story that needs to be told to all those who have failed in an examination and after reading this, it will certainly give you the much-needed boost to perform well even after failures.

“This is a great moment. I will work tirelessly for bringing a positive change in lives of the poor. I will be an honest officer with a difference as the god has given me a chance to serve the people. I will do it with utmost sincerity and dedication. I want to see India on top of the world. As an IAS officer, I will make efforts for it,” achiever Artika Shukla said.

She completed her MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, in 2013. After which, she started preparations for the postgraduate course in medical science. She got success and took admission in MD paediatrics course at the SGPGI, Chandigarh.

Artika quit her MD paediatrics course in November 2014 and started preparing for UPSC. Before this, she sought advice from his elder brother Utkarsh Shukla, an officer of Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS). He encouraged her and asked her to go ahead.

She chose medical science as her subject because she has indepth knowledge of it that helped her a lot. She calls her brother as her source of inspiration. She is also inspired by former President the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

It was in 2013 when Artika Shukla decided to prepare for UPSC Civil Services.  Artika Shukla said, “At first, I was contemplating how to proceed with it. But, then my brother really helped me with all materials so there was no need to join any coaching for preparations and sought all help and guidance from my brother. I managed to prepare for it while shuttling between Varanasi and Delhi and Chandigarh. Later in August last year, I joined test series for Mains Exams and also did some mock interviews in Delhi for interview preparation.”

Artika Shukla happily credited her success to her brother Utsav Shukla who helped her to prepare for UPSC Exam and being her ‘pillar and support’ all throughout. She couldn’t afford to give much time for preparation and was completely relying on the inputs for preparation from her IAS brother. Her brother did lots of help and provided useful tips, including his GS notes.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.