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Shruti Sharma UPSC: UPSC topper’s bittersweet journey; Language ‘mishap’, a failed attempt and, finally, the win .

Sharma, an alumna of the city’s Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and St. Stephen’s College, was followed, in ranking order, by Ankita Agarwal, another former Delhi University student, Gamini Singla and Aishwarya Verma.


“My preparation for the exams was a bittersweet journey,” Sharma told TOI, alluding to the two attempts it took her to join the hallowed institution of the Indian Administrative Service. As her mother, Rachna Sharma, revealed, “She sat for the exam this year again after an error last year when the language she submitted in her form went as Hindi. Even so, she missed being called for the interview only by a single mark.”

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