Ruchika Katyal, a girl from Rohtak did the city proud by securing AIR – 5 in the Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) in 2012 and has become a role model for the Civil Service aspirants.

Civil services is a platform which provides the opportunity to work within the system and to be part of it and closer to society. She wanted to be part of something which can directly help her contribute towards society. Its just a new beginning, lets see where it takes her to. She wants to make society a better place to live especially for girls.

Marks Obtained

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  2000 714
 Interview 300  176
 Total  2300  890 (38.70%)

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Family Background

Ruchika Katyal belongs from Rohtak in Haryana. Her parents Manju and R K Katyal said that they never desired for a son even after becoming parents to two daughters. This was a strong message to the Haryanvi society which is known for its obsession towards the male child.

Educational Background

Ruchika did her schooling from Model School in Rohtak. Then she did B.Com (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University. Afterwards, she went on to complete her CA and scored All India Rank 3rd in her Chartered Accountancy finals in the country.

She did 3 years of articleship from S.R.Batliboi & Co and was also awarded the Lt. Col. Ambuj Nath Memorial Prize for Best Paper on Management Accounting and Financial Analysis, during her CA finals.

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Optional Paper

Ruchika Katyal opted for Public Administration and Commerce as her optional Paper. As commerce was her background subject which helped her a lot being a scoring paper.

Attempts by Ruchika Katyal

In her first attempt this young girl from Delhi secured 176th rank in UPSC Civil Services Examination 2010 and was allotted IPS. Finally she could accomplish her dream of becoming an IAS officer in her second attempt by securing All India 5th rank in 2012.

Success Strategy

Ruchika Katyal had started CA after her class XII only and she wanted to complete the course before taking the plunge into preparation for Civil Services. Plus, one of her optional subject was commerce so her work actually helped her in the preparation. The work experience also helped to develop a sense of maturity and clarity of thought.

Tips to Young Aspirants

  • Hardwork is the key to success.
  • Draw inspiration from interviews of IAS toppers and follow their advice.
  • One should never forget the end goal since that is the source of motivation.

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  1. Congratulations to Ruchika Di and her family.
    Even I am into my final year of CA and i want to take the plunge to Civil Service Exam after completing CA.

  2. Proud of you dear..
    U have been the best student of our school and now u have become an inspiration for all of us and coming generations.
    God bless u.

  3. Congratulations ruchika garu. U r one of my role model in order to crack my CA exams as well as upsc exams….

  4. everyone’s dream is to become IAS,IPS etc. but only few can get that.So,never be hopeless try and try one day will come when u reached your goal.

  5. Its great motivation to CA students. I also think for CIVIL SERVICES after completion of my CA.
    Thanks for this meaningful story.

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