Ishita Kishore is the topper of the 2022 UPSC IAS examination. She quit her corporate job as she wanted to pursue a career in the field of public governance.
Ishita Kishore was born in 1996 (age 27 years; as of 2023) in Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. She is a native of Patna, Bihar; however, she has spent a large part of her life in Delhi, India. She completed her schooling at Air Force Bal Bharati School, Delhi in 2014 with Commerce stream in mathematics and secured 97.25% marks. She pursued Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, Delhi from 2014 to 2017. She worked as an intern for Housing And Urban Development Corporation Limited in 2015 and GAIL (India) Ltd. in 2016. She worked as a Risk Analyst for Ernest & Young (EY) from June 2017 to March 2019. LinkedIn – Ishita Kishore
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
She belongs to a Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Wing Commander Sanjay Kishore, was an Indian Air Force officer who died in 2004, and her mother, Jyoti Kishore, is a retired teacher. She has an elder brother Ishan Harsh who is an advocate.
Husband & Children
She is unmarried.
She is single.
She belongs to the General category.
Since her childhood, she was exceptionally good in her studies. After quitting her job in 2019, she started preparing for the UPSC IAS examination and failed in her first two attempts as she could qualify the prelims. In 2023, she secured 1st rank in the UPSC-IAS examination during her third attempt. She secured 901 marks in the Written examination and 193 marks in the interview, totalling 1094 marks to secure the top rank in the prestigious examination.
Preparation Strategy & Timetable
In an interview after the examination, she revealed that she used to study every day for 9 hours and worked hard on her writing skills. Her optional subjects for the UPSC IAS exam were Political Science and International Relations.
- She participated in several co-curricular activities during her school and college days. She was the President of the Rotary-sponsored club Interact and used to conduct mock United Nations during school functions. She was a member of the Economic Society and Literary Society during her college days. She also worked as an intern for the NGO CRY (Child Rights and You) in 2015 and taught children at Tihar Jail’s child shelter home. LinkedIn – Ishita Kishore
- She had an interest in sports since childhood and has been a national-level football player who also played in Subroto Cup in 2012. In 2017, she was a member of the Indo-China Youth Delegation, which was sent on the behalf of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Indian government.
- Her favourite Bollywood film is Dangal.