Doctors told Anisha Tomar she had Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) when she began studying for her second attempt at the UPSC examinations. She later became a well-known IFS officer.
Success and failure stories both motivate us in different ways. Such anecdotes inspire UPSC hopefuls to persevere in their difficult road toward becoming a government servant.
Anisha Tomar, an IFS officer from New Delhi passed the test with an All India Rank (AIR) of 94 on her third try in 2019.
Anisha was diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) in February 2018, just as she began preparing for her second try.
Anisha said, “With prelims only a few months away, I felt like my dream was slipping away from me. She feared she’d never be able to recover from her two-month hiatus.
Surprisingly, she passed the prelims but failed the mains by six marks that year. Nonetheless, she was unwilling to give up on her ambition.
Anisha breezed through the prelims once more and concentrated on the mains. She says that her right hand’s pinky finger was completely swollen and bruised. Anisha passed the mains and went to the interview, as predicted.
She describes her feelings as fear, concern, lethargy, and fatigue. The thought of studying for prelims tormented her. Her eyes welled up when she saw her position of 94th.
Anisha said, “Growth is gradual, life is unpredictable, hope is all we have.”
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