School teacher with visually impaired Delhi cracks UPSC at fifth attempt, stands 48th

NEW DELHI: Ayushi, who teaches history at a government school in Delhi, has secured the 48th rank in the Civil Service Exam 2021, the results of which were announced Monday by the Union Public Services Commission. Blind since birth, the 29-year-old has not let the challenges of her disability deter her. The resident of Rani Khera cracked the prestigious exam in her fifth attempt to prepare for the competitive exam while at the same time performing her duties as a teacher.

An overjoyed Ayushi said that although she was confident about passing the exam, securing a rank below 50 was a pleasant 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,” Ayushi said.

She completed her education at a private school in her village Rani Khera and graduated with a BA program at Shyama Prasad Mukherji College of Delhi University. She later pursued a master’s degree in IGNOU history. “I come from a normal family. Growing up, my goal was just to secure a job. In 2016, I started preparing for the exam with the support of my mother,” said Ayushi.

Her father works for a private company in Punjab, while her mother is a housekeeper. Her husband is currently pursuing an MBA from Australia. She gave credit for her success to her mother who voluntarily retired from her position as a senior nursing officer in 2020. “I followed my job in preparing for official services. To support my preparations, my mother quit her job. Difficulties “They were always there, but I was able to overcome them with the support of my mother and family. They used to record the contents of books for me, so I could study from my notes,” said Ayushi.

Her mother Asha Rani (54) said she was sure her daughter would be eligible for the exam. “Although God may have deprived her of her vision, he also showed her a path. Despite challenges, she has become a winner against all odds. I am proud of her for not giving up,” Asha said.

A teacher for the past ten years, Ayushi began her journey as a contractual elementary school teacher in an MCD school. After taking the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) exam in 2019, she took up her current job as a history teacher. She is currently teaching history to students in grades 11 and 12 at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, No. 2, Mubarakpur Dabas.

Her phone has not stopped ringing since the announcement of results. Congratulations have been pouring in from her friends and family since yesterday. “As a blind teacher, I have put a lot of effort into teaching my students. Teaching is my passion; it’s not just a job for me. My students are very happy for me, “said Ayushi, who wants to join the Indian Administration Services (IAS) and choose DANICS as a Haryana framework. She intends to work in the field of education for girls and individuals with different abilities.

“Education is a tool of empowerment. I want to work primarily on the education of girls and inspire otherwise capable individuals. I will strive to change people’s opinions about incompetent people. No stigma should be associated with restraint. We need the social attitude. for people with disabilities. People who can do otherwise can achieve all goals, “said Ayushi.

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