Behind her IAS Success Story, is Rashmi Siddharth Zagade School Drop-Out Husband:-

Behind Rashmi Siddharth Zagade IAS success story, is her school drop-out husband:-

Rashmi Siddharth Zagade
Twenty-nine-year-old Rashmi Siddharth Zagade, a housewife from Warje Malwadi, is the only woman IAS officer from Pune city, holding 169th rank among over 800 candidates. But her success story has been scripted by her husband Siddharth Zagade who is a school drop out.

Family Background

“My father expired when I was a child. My mother was not educated and our family had to struggle to make ends meet. So I could not continue my education. I always wanted to become an IAS officer. And now my dream has been realised through my wife, Rashmi Siddharth Zagade” says Siddharth her husband.

To convert their dream into reality, the couple sold their flat, 5-acre land in their native place and Siddharth even gave up his retail business in Tulshibaug. “I decided to concentrate fully on Rashmi’s preparations for IAS exam. We bought books and other study material, she joined IAS coaching classes nearer home. We even changed the school of our daughter so that we could save time. I spent hours discussing national and international issues withRashmi Siddharth Zagade,” says Siddharth. “My husband is Class IX pass, but his general awareness and knowledge is better than mine,” says Rashmi Siddharth Zagade.

Educational Background

A former student of HHCP high school, Huzurpaga, Rashmi took her written exam and interview in Marathi. “Since my schooling was in Marathi, I opted for Marathi which comes naturally to me,” she says. Till she graduated in BSc (Zoology), Rashmi had no clue what an IAS exam was all about. “It was my husband who prouded me to appear for the exam,” she says.

Attempts by Rashmi Siddharth Zagade

Rashmi’s IAS saga began in 2003. Though she could not make it in four attempts, she never thought of giving up. “That is because I had my husband’s support,” Rashmi Siddharth Zagade says. After four consecutive unsuccessful attempts — the fourth time she reached the interview stage — Rashmi decided to take a break for a year. This time when she reappeared, she opted for history instead of geography.

Now moving a step further Rashmi, wants to help out those who dream of becoming an officer but don’t have the wherewithal for it. “I will guide, provide books and study material to all IAS aspirants in the city.
There are several students like me who have a dream, but no support or guidance to make it big. I am there for them,” says Rashmi.

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  1. Congrats mam.hats of to your husband mam.
    Please help me how to prepare for IAS exam.i have opted history.. i dont have any idea.Please do help me mam..

  2. the lady whom i added to my idol.congratulations rashmi mam and to sir….thank u to be an a good example to me that is nothing is imposible…

  3. Mam you are an inspiration for all of us ….
    Yes u proved it again that
    Karma never loses an address
    & its never about the money

  4. Sir, My name is deep jyoti sarmah, I am from assam. I am doing in physics. I would like to become an IAS officer within next five years. So, please suggest me and help me to get the 1st rank in UPSC. I hope you’ll help me… Thank you…..

  5. Thank u so much ma’am for introducing us with so much influensive real story of u,mam…it be proved to be a great support for ias aspirants….and congrats to u & ur husband specially…


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