By Express News Service

BHOPAL: The residence of homeopathy professor Dr. Suresh Chandra Awasthi in Shivaji Nagar area of Bhopal burst into celebrations as the news of their doting daughter Jagriti Awasthi’s historic success in the UPSC Civil Services 2020 final results came in.

Eldest among the two children (MBBS student brother Suyash being younger) Jagriti not only cracked the UPSC Civil Services exam in just her second attempt but was the overall second rank holder and female topper nationally.

“We were confident that she would crack the exam which was her dream right since school days but had not imagined that she would be second overall and women topper nationally. It still seems that we’re in a dream world,” Jagriti’s elated father Dr. Suresh Chandra Awasthi, professor at Government Homeopathic College and Hospital in Bhopal said.

“She was confident of cracking it owing to her very satisfying performance at the interview, which lasted around 45 minutes, compared to 20-25 minutes in case of other candidates. She had told us that she’ll make it, but we never imagined that Jagriti will be the country’s women topper and overall second rank holder,” her proud mother Madhulata Awasthi said.

Throughout her academic career, including her school days at Maharshi Vidya Mandir in Bhopal and later her engineering (B.Tech) days at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT-Bhopal), she has been among the most meritorious students. She completed B.Tech in Electrical Engineering in 2017 and served as an engineer with the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in Bhopal for two years.

“In 2017, she secured 51st rank in the GAIT exam and got seven prized job offers, including IOCL, GAIL, ONGC, and BHEL. After two years with the BHEL, she quit the job to focus on chasing her childhood dream in a focused manner. The UPSC 2019 exam was her attempt to gauge the depth of the water and her real target was to crack the 2020 exam, which she did. She went to Delhi for professional coaching, but the COVID pandemic forced her to return after a few months. Since then self-study and a firm belief in self which has been depicted since childhood in her writing and speaking skills saw her achieve her dream with flying colours,” her father said.

Interestingly, this is the second time in three years that a Bhopal girl has emerged as UPSC Civil Services female topper. Earlier, in UPSC Civil Services 2018 exams, Bhopal’s Srushti Deshmukh with overall fifth rank was the woman topper.