Since her childhood, Ritika Jindal aspired to become an IAS officer and began preparing for the UPSC exam during her college years.
The UPSC exam is known to be one of the hardest exams in India, with many students aiming to crack it and become IAS officers. In this article, we’ll talk about Ritika Jindal, an IAS officer from Punjab who faced challenges but was able to pass the UPSC exam and secure AIR 88.
Ritika Jindal, an IAS officer, grew up in Moga, Punjab and went to school there. She was the topper in North India for the CBSE Class 12 exams. Ritika then went to Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi and was third in the college with a score of 95%.
Ritika Jindal always wanted to become an IAS officer and started preparing for the UPSC exam during her college days. After graduating, she appeared for the UPSC exam and cleared all three stages in the first attempt but missed out on getting selected by a few points. However, she did not give up and decided to take the exam again.
Ritika Jindal passed the UPSC exam in 2018 at the age of 22. She secured the 88th rank in her second attempt.
Ritika Jindal faced many challenges in becoming an IAS officer. When she was preparing for the UPSC exam, her father was diagnosed with oral cancer, and a few months later, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Despite these difficult circumstances, Ritika Jindal continued to work hard to prepare for the exam.
In an interview, she said that she belongs to a small city with few facilities and resources. Whenever her father became sick, they had to take him to Ludhiana for treatment and she accompanied him to the hospital.
Recently, the government of Himachal Pradesh transferred 16 IAS officers. When Ritika Jindal was asked if she would like to go to Chamba’s Pangi, a remote place, she agreed. Currently, she is serving as the Resident Commissioner in Pangi.
Pangi used to be called ‘Kaala Paani’ of Himachal Pradesh because it had dangerous roads and villages that were hard to reach.