UP Board 12th result 2019: Meet third topper Akansha Shukla who wants to become an IAS officer
Having secured third rank in UP Board’s intermediate merit list of 2019 with 474 marks out of 500 ( 94.80%), Akansha Shukla cherishes a dream of becoming a civil servant and serving the people.Updated: Apr 27, 2019 18:05 IST
Having secured third rank in UP Board’s intermediate merit list of 2019 with 474 marks out of 500 ( 94.80%), Akansha Shukla cherishes a dream of becoming a civil servant and serving the people.
What makes the achievement of this farmer’s daughter all the special is that despite opting for mathematics, physics and chemistry, considered tough by most students, Akansha did not attend any coaching institute or take help of a tutor. Akansha excelled, as she herself concedes, through self-study and guidance of her teachers.
Hailing from Ravania village of Koraon, one of the most backward areas of Prayagraj district and the state, Akandha’s father Avadhesh Kumar Shukla is a medium level farmer while her mother Anju is a housewife.
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Second among three siblings, Akansha’s elder brother Adarsh is pursuing BA from Ewing Christian College, a constituent college of Allahabad University, while her younger sister has just passed Class 11.
“I never expected to be among the toppers of the board. But instead of last minute cramming, I studied hard all through the year and all my subject teachers also worked hard with me. I expected to do well and even get a place in the merit list but being among the top 10 and bag rank 3 was totally unexpected,” she said.
“I believe that my success is just one step forward towards realising my dream of becoming an IAS officer. But before that I would like to pursue engineering at one of the top IITs in the country and get a BTech degree first,” she added.
So, at a time when polls are underway across the country and the state, any plans to join politics later on? “No. Not at all. I will never be joining politics,” she shares but refuses to elaborate.
Her favourite subject is physics. “I scored 60 out of 70 in the written exam and 30 out of 30 in the practical,” added Akansha, who said that she devoted 4-5 hours during daytime and 6 off hours in the night to study daily. But I never studied a subject for more than 1 hour at a stretch as that fatigued her.
Akansha says that she never took help of coaching or tuitions as she never felt the need for it. “I believe that if a student pays proper attention to studies in class, he/she does not need any extra tuition. I just never missed a class and remained regular in school all through the year. I also always made it a point to revise day’s lessons after coming home. Self study is actually best way to prepare for exams,” she shared.
Akansha credits her teachers and her parents for her success and their support and encouragement, she says, always kept her motivated.