Meet IAS Officer Saumya Sharma, Who Despite Hearing Loss At 16 Secured AIR-09 At UPSC

Each year, a multitude of determined students bravely undertake the challenging journey of preparing for UPSC exams, facing formidable odds such as financial constraints and medical issues. The fact that they are relentless in the face of adversity sets an example for the rest of us – that of unwavering dedication.

IAS Saumya Sharma suffered from hearing loss at the age of 16. Yet, she managed to secure an All India Rank of 9 in the 2017 UPSC Exam on her first attempt, reported Odisha TV. She is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nagpur Zilla Parishad. Here’s her inspiring story.

 

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Saumya Sharma graduated from the prestigious National Law School. Both her parents are doctors who tried to help her in the best ways they could when she suffered from hearing loss but couldn’t.

Saumya had to resort to using hearing aids and she was determined to become an IAS officer after graduating from law school. She prepared for only one year in 2016. She studied only 6 hours a day but dedicated ample time to reading the daily newspaper. A major chunk of her study material was from online sources that were focused on current affairs and she took mock tests of CSAT papers.

 

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What is interesting is that Saumya opted out of the special provisions for differently-abled individuals and instead competed in the general category. At 23 years old, she secured AIR-09 in the 2017 UPSC CSE.

She is currently married to IPS Archit Chandak, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Nagpur City.

 

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What an inspiring journey she has had!

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