Meet Dr Apala Mishra, a dentist who secured AIR 9 in UPSC exam 2020

Meet Dr Apala Mishra, a dentist who secured AIR 9 in UPSC exam 2020

IAS Success Stories: Among the toppers is Apala Mishra, who secured All India Rank 9 in the UPSC CSE this year.

Dr Apala Mishra tasted success in her third attempt. Even after failing two attempts, Dr Apala didn’t lose hope and appeared for the exam for the third time and secured AIR 9.

2. Lives in Ghaziabad

Dr Apala Mishra, who lives in Ghaziabad’s Vasundhara Sector-5, is originally from the Old Post Office Civil Line of Basti. Apala wants to serve the country by making a better policy abroad. She believes that she should do something so that she can bring some change to society. 

3. Family

Dr Apala’s father Amitabh Mishra is a retired Colonel in the Army and elder brother Arik is a Major. Mata Alpana Mishra is a Professor in the Faculty of Hindi in Delhi University. Dr Apala Mishra studied up to 10th from Dehradun and 11th and 12th from Delhi.

4. Dentist

In 2017, Apala became a doctor by doing a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Hyderabad. Dr Apala started preparing for the UPSC exam from 2018 onwards. In an interview to a leading portal, Dr Apala said, “My background served as a source of inspiration for me. I took a careful look at our country’s healthcare system and realised it requires more attention. This thought inspired me to pursue a career in the civil service in order to make a greater impact in society.”

5. Message for aspirants

“Exams like UPSC CSE can take a mental toll on anyone and it is very essential for aspirants to take care of themselves. It is important to make yourself a priority while chasing your goal,” she added. 

(Photo: Apala Mishra/Instagram)