Wardah Khan, a Noida resident who left her corporate job to qualify for the civil services, placed eighteenth in the coveted UPSC exam 2023. The UPSC released the results of the test on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old UPSC exam qualifier claims that she has chosen the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) as her top choice and that she wants to represent her nation with pride on international stages.

Like many aspirants, our first goal upon embarking on our trip is to see our name included among the results. However, making the top 20 was unthinkable; I never would have thought I could. Right now, I get a sleepy feeling. “My entire family is ecstatic and beaming with pride,” Khan said to PTI.

“I would like to help our Indian diaspora abroad and further the image of India across global platforms and multilateral institutions, which is why I have chosen Indian Foreign Service (IFS) as my first preference,” she continued.

Khan, a resident of Vivek Vihar in Sector 82 of Noida, attended Delhi University’s Khalsa College to obtain her Bachelor of Commerce with Honors. She resides with her mother and is the sole kid of her parents. Nine years had gone since her father’s death. Khan explained that her interest in geopolitics stemmed from her undergraduate days, when she was interested in history and politics. This is how she came to be oriented towards UPSC.

Even though she had participated in debates and MUNs (mock United Nations) throughout her time in college, she had not yet considered a career in civil services. Khan realised she wanted to work as a civil servant during her time there.

“I spent eight months working for a corporate company. I wasn’t quite satisfied with that. She remarked, “I wanted to work for my country, improve people’s lives, and give back to society.”

“I decided to pursue this career and quit my job in eight months because I realised the kind of syllabus and opportunities that this career (civil services) aligns with my interest,” she continued.

She claimed that in addition to preparing at home, she spent a whole year receiving online instruction from a private institution. Regarding advice for UPSC applicants, the AIR 18-holder mentioned certain tenets that each applicant has to have in mind.

You must, first and foremost, thoroughly study the fundamentals, such as NCERT and Polity by Laxmikant. These are the foundational texts that require careful reading,” she remarked. Prior to the cycle communities, you must have created appropriate syllabus headers for your mains and produced notes for your optional. These are a few of the considerations that need to be made,” Khan continued.

Following their qualifying test, a total of 1,016 candidates (664 men and 352 women) were recommended for recruitment to various services by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Union Public Service Commission revealed the results of the 2023 civil services examination on Tuesday. Aditya Srivastava, a trainee Indian Police Service officer, came in first place.

Ruhani, P K Sidharth Ramkumar, Donuru Ananya Reddy, and Animesh Pradhan have placed second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.