Children who do not perform well in school are declared useless. It is understood that those students cannot do anything later. The story of IAS Rukmani Riar will change the thinking of those who think like this.
Became depressed due to failure
IAS Rukmani Riar hails from Chandigarh. Her father Baljinder Singh Riar is a retired Deputy District Attorney of Hoshiarpur. Her mother Takdeer Kaur is a homemaker.
IAS Rukmani Riyar did her early education from Gurdascpur. Her parents sent her to the Sacred Heart School in Dalhousie, which is a boarding school. Rukmini failed in the 6th class there. Being hurt by this failure, she was very upset. According to media reports, she felt ashamed of failing and was afraid to appear in front of family, teachers and friends. After being under stress for several months, she decided that she would show her promise.
Rukmani Riyar did her graduation in Social Science from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar after passing class 12th examination. Then she did her master’s degree in Social Science from Tata Institute of Mumbai, in which she was a gold medalist.
Motivation to become IAS
Rukmani did internships in NGOs like Ashodaya in Mysore and Annapurna Mahila Mandal in Mumbai. Rukmani also worked with the Center for Equity Studies in Delhi to improve slums. While working for the society, Rukmani started dreaming of becoming an IAS so that she can join the administrative service and do more work for the society.
For the UPSC exam, Rukmani Riar focused on self-study. For this, she did not take any coaching. She started studying from NCERT books from class VI to XII. Rukmani used to read newspaper daily for interview and solved previous years question papers. Rukmani worked hard and made her dream come true by securing second rank in UPSC exam.
She is married to IAS Siddharth Sihag, who hails from Hisar district of Haryana. Before becoming an IAS, Siddharth Sihag was a judge in Delhi. In 2010, he became an IPS by securing 148th rank in the UPSC exam, then in 2011 at 42nd rank. After getting it, he became an IAS officer.