INTERVIEW| Fulfilled widowed mother’s dream: UPSC Topper Ishita Kishore

| Updated: 25 May, 2023 10:59 am IST

NEW DELHI: UPSC topper Ishita Kishore fulfilled her widowed mother’s dream through her remarkable success. In an emotional tribute, Kishore acknowledges her mother’s unwavering support, stating, “For all my emotional needs I went to my mother. She gave me moral support when I could not clear my prelims twice. She took care of my nutritional needs. And it is because of her care and support that I was able to achieve this.”

Daughter of an Air Force officer, Kishore reveals that her grandfather initially planted the seed of public service in her mind, and her father shared the same aspiration. Today, she takes immense pride in fulfilling the expectations and dreams of her family members, saying, “I feel proud that I have been able to fulfill the expectations and dreams of my family members.”

Ishita Kishore, a former student of Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), graduated in 2017 with a major in economics. Raised by a private school teacher mother and an Air Force officer father, she aspires to join the Indian Administrative Service with the Uttar Pradesh cadre as her top preference.

Kishore’s dedication to her studies was evident in her daily routine of 8-10 hours of focused preparation. Offering advice to aspirants, she shares, “My advice to all aspirants would be to gradually increase their study time. I would also say in general to youth that you must find something that you are passionate about and give your all to it.” While stressing the importance of consistency and discipline, she also emphasizes the need for regular breaks, saying, “But it is also necessary to take regular breaks as well.”


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