Every year in India, many students take the UPSC exam to become an IAS officer. But only a few hundred pass and achieve their dream. Some stories of success are from people who came from poor backgrounds and worked very hard to pass the exam. 

Even some who were sick managed to pass. Today, we’ll talk about IAS Pratibha Verma’s story. She first became an IRS officer and then an IAS officer. But it wasn’t easy for her. She faced serious health issues while preparing for the tough exam.

Pratibha finished her B.Tech in 2014 and got a good job in a telecom company. But she wanted to be an IAS officer. So, after two years, she quit her job and started studying for the UPSC exam in 2016.

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Her first try at the UPSC exam didn’t go well. But she tried again, got AIR 489, and joined the Indian Revenue Services. While preparing for the third time, she got sick. In 2018, she had dengue, and the next year, she got typhoid. It was hard for her to focus on studying. The interview was delayed because of COVID-19. She did power yoga, and meditation, and changed her diet to get better. Her hard work paid off in 2019 when she passed the UPSC exam and became an IAS officer, securing the third rank.