Ilma Afroz, who cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holding 217 all India ranking, highlights that one can crack India’s toughest examination through sheer will and hard work.
Born in a farmer’s family in UP’s Moradabad, she excelled in studies despite her father dying when she was a teen. Ilma, who hails from Kundarki village in Mordabada district of Uttar Pradesh, her father died when she was just 14. But, destiny was on her side and hence she was able to graduate from St. Stephen’s DU, went on to study at Oxford University in London and later on also had a chance to work as an intern with Bill Clinton Foundation in New York and United Nations voluntary program in Indonesia. She also went to France as part of Paris School of International Affairs Exchange Program.
Despite studying at the best institutions in India and abroad, and having worked at some of the world’s best places and with equally best employers, she always felt that something was missing in her life.
She had spurned the plum postings and decided to join the civil services. It was to contribute for my beloved country India – the most beautiful place in the world, that I have come back from abroad. Two years after she returned to India, Ilma Afroz is now all set to join the coveted Indian Police Services (IPS). The achievement came when the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declared the results of Civil Services Examinations and Ilma ranked 217th in the list of 990 recommended for India’s top government posts. She has been ideal for thousands of women and aspirants of UPSC.