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Visually-Impaired Teacher Secures 48th Rank At The UPSC Exams

Ayushi, a history teacher at a Delhi government school, secured the 48th rank at the Civil Services Examination 2021, the results of which were announced on Monday by the Union Public Service Commission.

The 29-year-old teacher, who has been visually challenged since birth, has not let her impairment hold her back. The Rani Khera resident passed the renowned exam in her fifth attempt while working as a teacher and studying for the exam at the same time.

Ayushi expressed her delight, saying even though she was certain of passing the exam, achieving a rank under 50 was a lovely surprise. “My dream has come true. It’s a surreal feeling to know that my name is on the list of the top 50. Everyone is happy for me. I feel blessed,” she stated.

Ayushi expressed her delight, saying even though she was certain of passing the exam, achieving a rank under 50 was a lovely surprise. “My dream has come true. It’s a surreal feeling to know that my name is on the list of the top 50. Everyone is happy for me. I feel blessed,” she stated.

She went to a private school in her village of Rani Khera for her education and graduated from Delhi University’s Shyama Prasad Mukherji College. She later went on to pursue her master’s degree in history from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). “I come from an ordinary family. Growing up, my goal was to simply secure a job. In 2016, I started preparing for the examination with support from my mother,” Ayushi further said.

Ayushi credits her mother, a former senior nursing officer, and now a homemaker, for her accomplishment. Ayushi’s father is employed by a private business in Punjab, whereas her husband is pursuing his MBA in Australia.

“I was pursuing my job while preparing for civil services. To support my preparations, my mother retired from her job. Difficulties are always there but I was able to overcome them due to support from my mother and family. They used to record the content of books for me so that I could study from my notes,” Ayushi recounted.

Her mother, Asha Rani (54) expressed confidence in her daughter’s ability to pass the exam. “While God may have deprived her of her vision, he also showed her a path. Despite challenges, she has emerged a winner against all odds. I am proud of her for not giving up,” Asha remarked.

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