UPSC success story: Violence broke out in Banbhulpura locality of Indira Nagar after police tried to remove a madrassa, increasing tension in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. Nainital District Magistrate (DM) Vandana Singh Chauhan is in charge of ending the unrest as the area is part of Nainital district. In such a situation, let us know about IAS officer Vandana Singh Chauhan. How did you prepare for UPSC?
It takes years of hard work to prepare for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are only a few candidates who are successful in passing this examination and fulfill their dream of becoming an IAS officer. Vandana Singh Chauhan of Narsullahgarh, Haryana is one of those candidates who, on the basis of her hard work, passed the UPSC CSE exam in the first attempt.
Vandana was born on 4 April 1989 in Haryana in a family that did not give importance to girls’ education. Vandana was very smart from the beginning and wanted to study further. While all the relatives were unhappy with her education, her parents played an excellent role in educating their daughter further. During school and college, Vandana had to face opposition from relatives who wanted to stop her from studying. Let us tell you, her father, against the wishes of the family, got Vandana admitted to a Gurukul in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. Even though her grandparents, uncle and aunt disagreed with her going away from home to study, her father was determined that his daughter would study well in future.
After completing her intermediate studies, Vandana started studying law and preparing for UPSC. Let us tell you, he had taken admission in Ambedkar University in Agra. After which she decided to spend her college years at home, because she knew that preparing for UPSC required many hours of study.
Vandana studied for about 12 to 14 hours every day. She was very serious about UPSC CSE. In an interview, Vandana’s mother Mithilesh had told that Vandana used to avoid using room cooler even in summer because she used to sleep more in cold weather. By doing this he got more time to study. Let us tell you, due to his hard work and dedication, he had achieved rank 8 in the UPSC CSE examination in the year 2012. He had passed this examination in Hindi medium.