Auto Driver’s Daughter Aces Indian Economic Service Exam

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India is home to an umpteen determined girls who believe in slogging day and night to achieve success. One such gritty girl is 24-year-old Megha Arora from Agra. The daughter of an auto rickshaw driver, she obtained the eighth rank in the Indian Economic Service examination conducted by UPSC.

Educational background

Megha completed her graduation from Hansraj College, Delhi University. She is a postgraduate from Delhi School of Economics (DSE).

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Parents elated

The father has been an auto rickshaw driver since 1987, ferrying school students in his three-wheeler. He has studied only till class VIII.

“She has made all of us proud. She has worked hard and achieved success, which I could only dream of,” he told TOI.

Her father added that Megha did not take any coaching and cleared the IES exam in her first attempt. In class XII, she scored 95% with PCM, but later opted for BCom and MCom.

Megha’s mother Savita is a primary school teacher. She told TOI that Megha had always been a topper in studies. In fact, she was the only person in the family to have qualified for such a top-level government job.

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The hard work

Megha appeared along with 15 other candidates from DSE Delhi School of Economics. She was the only one to clear the examination with interview from her batch. “It was a friend’s suggestion to appear for the IES examinations. I had my basic concepts clear and just needed an extra 8 to 12 hours of daily study to go through the syllabus of IES,” said Megha.

Interests and hobbies

Megha loves English fiction. She is a big fan of writer Amitav Ghosh.

The youngster is not inclined towards working in the corporate world. She expresses her desire of pursuing PhD. In fact, she is all geared up to begin her 18-month training for the service, which begins on December 11.

Megha’s focus and resolute nature is inspiring. It is good to see girls breaking shackles and working hard to materialise their dreams.

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