Akriti Sagar, who hails from a small town Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, is the third one in the family to clear UPSC exam. Her two elder sisters are also in the same field.
Talking to TYNews, she said her sisters inspired her to take up the noble profession and also, she wanted to do some good work for the society.
However, her journey wasn’t easy. Last year, her mother was diagnosed with Cervical Intra-epithelial Neoplasia (CIN) stage 2.
“That was a tough time. But, immense support from family helped me. We took turns in taking care of her. Though she is fine now, we still have to take lot of precautions,” Sagar said.
She says her focus would be on three areas- Abolish ground level practice of manual scavenging, strict action on crime against women and abolishment of child labour.
“I like to serve in Uttar Pradesh as it is my home cadre, but those three things would be my focus in whichever area I am incharge of,” she told TYNews.
For IAS aspirants, she advises them to maintain consistency in their studies and not to lose their will power and determination.