Apala Mishra is a member of the Indian Police Service (IPS), batch 2020. She is the UPSC 2020 topper. Dr Apala Mishra, who became a dentist first but realised that to serve society she must do something more. This made her qualify for the Civil Services exam. Apala was raised in Jharkhand, India. Her UPSC 2020 roll number is 5903870, and she is in the 9th position.
UPSC Civil Services Exam requires patience, perseverance and mental strength. UPSC topper Dr Apala Mishra applied the same strategy to secure AIR 9 in the Civil Services Exam. She consents to work in the Indian nation, after which she declares that she will study for the UPSC Exam. She is very intelligent, and she is constantly told that she can achieve anything she desires.
While engineers continue to dominate the UPSC Civil Services toppers list, Dr Apala Mishra, who holds a dental surgery degree, has secured a spot at rank 9. Mishra, a Delhi resident, not only passed the exam but also received the highest score (215) on the personality test. The top student attributes her success to hard work and self-study. Interestingly, Mishra failed to pass the preliminary stage of the exam in both of her previous attempts.
Amitabh Mishra is her father’s name. Her education began at Delhi Public School, Rohini, and continued at Army College of Dental Science, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree.
Having spent the majority of her growing up years in Dehradun and Delhi, Dr Apala pursued a degree in dental surgery (BDS) from Hyderabad.
UPSC Success Story
Apala Mishra is a resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Her father was army personnel and her mother was a professor. Dr Apala’s father Amitabh Mishra is a retired Colonel in the Army and her brother Arik is a Major in the Indian army. She was always a studious girl who wanted to do wonders in her career. Apala was a disciplined girl as well due to her father’s army background. She became a doctor after completing her Bachelor of Dentistry (BDS) in 2018. After this, she made up her mind to compete in the Civil Services Exam and began her journey from a dentist to a civil servant.
Apala is a firm believer that if one wants to succeed in something, he/she must be mentally prepared for achieving it. This is a simple fundamental she applied, to keep herself motivated throughout her preparation. Apala failed in her first two attempts but secured AIR 9 in the third. She says, “I was not well-prepared in my initial two attempts and therefore, could not clear prelims. However, I was committed to working harder this time. I believe that if one works hard and is dedicated, anything is possible to achieve.”
She also guides the aspirants to stick to the syllabus and accept their failures. She believes that accepting failures can give the aspirants a chance to improve and keep a positive attitude towards preparation which in turn would aid in their success.
Apala advises the Civil Service aspirants to make a strategy of their own depending on their calibre. She feels that studying a minimum of 7-8 hours every day is important for anyone who wishes to qualify Civil Services exam. She also stresses on answer writing skills one needs to develop to secure better marks in the Civil Services Mains exam. Apala secured AIR 9 in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 and chose to become an Indian Foreign Services or an IFS Officer.
When asked about her UPSC journey, Apala said, “My background served as a source of inspiration for me. I took a careful look at our country’s healthcare system and realised it requires more attention. This thought inspired me to pursue a career in the civil service to make a greater impact in society.”
Apala Mishra Marksheet
Below is Apala Mishra’s mains marksheet.
|Mains Total Marks||816|
Apala Mishra’s Optional Subject
Apala claimed that by the time she was in her final year of dentistry, she was leaning toward civil service because it provides a lot of work opportunities. Anthropology was her optional subject.
She intends to work in the field of health, with a focus on women’s health. She resolved to devote 100% of her attention to her studies. A schedule has been created. She believes that candidates must devote 7 to 8 hours to their studies. During this time, she also learned how to make a timetable.
After completing her dental studies in Hyderabad in 2018, the UPSC topper began preparing for this difficult exam in 2018, and she was successful in her third attempt.
Mishra attended school in Dehradun until the tenth grade, then moved to Delhi for grades eleven and twelve. She then graduated from the Army College of Dental Sciences in Hyderabad with a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery and went on to work as a dentist.
Apala’s first attempt was unsuccessful as she was taking time to understand the syllabus. Again, she failed her second attempt too.
But even after that, she did not lose hope and took the exam for the third time in October 2020 and secured the 9th rank.
Apala Mishra Biography
|Real Name||Apala Mishra|
|Profession||Dentist by Education, Civil Servant by Profession, Poet|
|Date of Birth||1995|
|Father Name||Amitabh Mishra (ex-military officer)|
|Mother Name||Dr. Alphana (Professor)|
|Grand Father||late Hazari Prasad Dwivedi (Novelist)|
|College||Army College of Dental Science|
|Hobbies||Reading Books, Writing|
|Hometown||Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|Current Posting||Indian Foreign Services|
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