Temporary defeat revolutionized into GLORIOUS TRIUMPH

Punjab and Haryana, these states that have been in the news for discrimination against the girl child. But a Chandigarh born girl did something remarkable and made India proud. The girl is Rukmani Riar. Things that are special about her :

She was 24 years old when in her first attempt she cracked Civil Services Examinations and acquired second position.  (2011)

She was unable to cope with the pressure of moving to a boarding school and failed in Class 6th while studying at the Sacred Heart School in Dalhousie, this story is an evidence that failures are the stepping stones to success.

Ever since I failed in Class VI, I am scared of failure. It can be very depressing. But after that incident, I made up my mind that I won’t sulk and complain. I will work hard and give things my best. I believe that if one decides to persevere and come out of that phase, nothing can stop you achieving success,’ advised Rukmani.

She did her 12th from Shivalik Public School, Mohali.

She holds a master’s degree in social entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where she consistently topped her class.

She joined the School of Social Sciences affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University in 2005 and passed out in 2008 getting the gold medal with distinction.

She did not opt for any special coaching classes for the CSE . She said the notes prepared during graduation helped in her performance. If you are consistent and perseverant in your preparation, you can crack the exam without coaching,’ suggested the topper, who chose political science and sociology as her main subjects for the exam.

“Set your targets and work hard to achieve the desired result,” Riar said.

She wanted to carry out social service. She was fired by social service. Her father BS Riar, a lawyer in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, suggested that she should try the civil services if she wanted to make a mark at helping society. Her mother is a housewife.



Rukmani wanted to become an IAS officer so that she can use her experience and training to serve the nation in a better way.

‘I always wanted to serve the nation,’ she said. And you can well believe her – she has interned with the Planning Commission of India and NGOs in Karnataka and Maharashtra over the last few years, researching and understanding various social policies and finding ways to help them make a positive impact upon society.

Rukmani loves to write poetry. She is a prolific writer . She is a believer of hard work and dedication. Her message is : consistency, hard work, and persistence is the key to success. Go for it. If I can do it, everybody else can.


Best wishes to this hailing Punjabi Kudi.


Information Source : TOI


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