Women nowadays are walking shoulder to shoulder with men. We watch a lot of news that women are stepping into all professions and achieving their dreams. Though India is a developing country, it is still lacking when it comes to women empowerment. Even now there are many societies where women can’t achieve their dreams. Well, for achieving dreams, gender does not play a role, it is your interest and determination. IAS Ankita Mishra proved, that we can bring in change when we are determined and focused. Following your dreams and achieving them, no matter how hard it is. Aspirants should all keep this in mind and be motivated. It can be hard sometimes, but one should get up and keep going.

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IAS Ankita Mishra Biography 

Professions IAS Officer, Computer Engineer
Birthplace Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Date of Birth April 10, 1990
Age 31 years
School H.P. Children’s Academy, Gorakhpur (93.7 %)

Delhi Public School (DPS), Noida (91.5 %)

College/University J.S.S. Academy of Technical Education, Noida (75.2%)
Educational Qualification Graduate in Computer Science
Hobbies Dancing, Cooking
Parents Father- BK Mishra (Businessman)

Mother- Neelam Mishra (Homemaker)

Siblings Brother- Siddharth Mishra (Younger)

Sister- Saumya Mishra (Younger)

IAS Ankita Mishra Wiki

Ankita Mishra was born in a middle-class family, who have their hometown in Ramnagar Suras in Gorakhpur. She always loved to study and has been a bright student during her education years. After completing her graduation in India, she went abroad to study Artificial Intelligence. But, she dropped her idea and pursued the UPSC exam. She attempted the exam twice in 2015 and 2016 but she was unsuccessful. In her third attempt, in 2017 she cleared the exam and secured an All India Rank 105.

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IAS Ankita Mishra Marksheet 

Paper Total Marks Obtained Marks
Mains 1750 870
Interview 275 179
Total 2025 1049

IAS Ankita Mishra Current Posting 

On August 6th, 2020, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had ten IAS officers reshuffled and IAS Ankita Mishra was posted as Food and Civil Supplies Secretary.

IAS Ankita Mishra: Strategy for UPSC

Ankita Mishra considers her father as her inspiration and her father had always motivated her for the exam. She believes that before starting the preparation, the aspirant should be mentally prepared. UPSC is a tough exam and aspirants need a lot of preparation for that. Sometimes you might fail, but if you are mentally prepared and have patience, you can achieve it. Aspirants need to have patience and perseverance because not everyone can crack it in one go.

One should be positive even if they fail a hundred times, they should move forward. Ankita Mishra opted for Anthropology as her optional subject. She believes that one should prioritize her optional subject as a compulsory subject and dedicate equal time for all the subjects.

Strategy for Prelims 

Ankita Mishra had failed two attempts. In her first attempt, she was unable to clear the exam because she was not able to focus on current affairs. Many aspirants take current affairs lightly, that should not be the case and everyone should prepare for it as do for other subjects.

She had overcome the problem by daily reading the newspapers and making notes of important articles and news. She collected clips of it and did constant revision for current affairs.

She did not have a very micro timetable for how many hours a day or dedicating these many hours to the subject. Rather, she prepared a macro timetable which included how many days she would complete a topic

Also Read: UPSC Prelims Preparation Strategy: How to Prepare for UPSC Prelims?

Strategy for Mains 

Learning from her past failure, Ankita Mishra started practising writing five answers every day for the mains exam. In her second UPSC attempt, she cleared prelims but, due to lack of time management, she was unable to clear mains. She had left out many questions from her optional subject. To not make this mistake again, she started practising answers every day and she recommends doing the same for all the aspirants. Write 5-6 answers every day for all the subjects so that there would be no lack of time.

She believes that consistency is important here. No day should be skipped and every day one needs to write answers. Ankita also tells that aspirants should make quick notes for easy and quick revision.

She also states that only taking the test series is not enough. The aspirant needs to contact a tutor and have them review it. During the preparation time, Ankita made maps for History as well as Geography and this helped her achieve more marks.

Strategy for Interview 

Ankita during her interview said that she was afraid of public speaking and she was very nervous when it came to the interview round.

She said the interview round judges you for the answers you know, not the answer you do not know. When she had not known an answer she would say ‘I don’t know the answer to this and the panel does not try to ask you again for the answer you don’t know. She implies that one should give mock interviews first and one should not blindly follow the interviewers.

Here are some quick tips that she gave –

#Always be confident.

#Be clean and presentable.

#Always make sure you make eye contact with the interviewers.

#Be humble and don’t be rude while answering the questions.

#Don’t be partial when answering, this will have a negative effect.

#The interview is to judge your personality and behaviour because they had already judged your knowledge by two theory exams.

Also Read: Why Do You Want to Become an IAS Officer? Frequently Asked UPSC Interview Question

Recommended Books 

History India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)

NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)

Geography Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong

NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)

NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)

World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

Indian Polity Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth


Economics Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri


International Relations NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)

Current Affairs

Anthropology Physical anthropology by P. Nath

Anthropology by Ember and Ember

An Introduction to Social Anthropology by D.N.Majumdar & T. N. Madan

An Introduction to Anthropological thought ( Theories) – by Makhan Jha


Ankita Mishra stresses the fact that one should be first mentally prepared. Aspirants before starting to look for the dream to become IAS or attempt UPSC should be first prepared. Because it can be a long war and one can face many difficulties achieving it. Patience and perseverance are the key and consistency are important. She also says that one should know their strengths and weaknesses and prepare their strategy according to it, instead of following others blindly.

Aspirants should first ask these questions to themselves: Are they willing to struggle? Are they ready for it? What will be the strategy that one should follow? Let us know your answers in the comments section below.

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