A humiliation that made her a UPSC topper – the unique success story of IAS Priyanka Shukla

Watch below the UPSC success story of Priyanka Shukla, an IAS officer from Chhattisgarh who became an IAS because someone insulted her for not being a collector.

To many readers today, it may sound like a Bollywood movie. Someone’s word stings a person so hard that he turns the world upside down to achieve the unimaginable. Such is the story of IAS Priyanka Shukla, who was once a doctor but left her profession to become an IAS officer. Check out his unique UPSC success story below.

IAS Priyanka Shukla: UPSC Success Story

Priyanka Shukla studied at King George’s Medical College and completed her MBBS from there. His family always wanted him to become an IAS officer. While her father was posted in Haridwar, working in a department headed by the District Magistrate of Haridwar, Priyanka was inspired by him to become a collector. Her father said that he wanted to see a nameplate with Priyanka’s name printed as a collector in front of his house.

It wasn’t enough for him to get inspired though. Since she was a doctor by profession, it was not easy for her to neglect her hard work as a medical student.

An insult that inspired Priyanka Shukla to become an IAS:

After completing her MBBS from KGMU Lucknow in 2006, Priyanka once moved to a slum for training. During this he had to go to many messes. It was here that he told a woman and her children not to drink dirty, dirty water. The woman ruthlessly replied, “Are you a collector?”

Priyanka asks why is she asking him like this. To this the woman replied that she should have been the collector to worry about her drinking impure water.

This broke Priyanka’s heart. Here, she decided that she would give UPSC Civil Services a shot.

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UPSC Preparation and Success of IAS Priyanka Shukla:

She said, “After completing MBBS I did not appear for any postgraduate entrance exam as my mind was completely focused on civil services. But there were times when I was afraid of failure, at such times I used to call my mother and draw strength from her words of encouragement.”

Priyanka started her UPSC preparation by dividing the syllabus into 4-5 parts. After this he completed NCERT books of class 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Priyanka warns candidates not to look for shortcuts in UPSC preparation. However, she failed in her first attempt. When asked about it she said, “After my first attempt, I took a year off and took the exam again in 2008 and I had to wait till 2009 for my results. It taught me that patience in this long journey. An absolute must – always remember that there are no shortcuts to success.”

Priyanka took lessons from her first attempt and started preparing for her second attempt afresh. He completed his course on time. Geography was his optional subject at that time.


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Priyanka qualified this time and secured 73rd rank in UPSC CSE 2009. Priyanka Shukla is posted in the Chhattisgarh cadre and is a very famous IAS officer. He is also a great painter, dancer and painter.

See some of his tweets below.

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