Shruti Sharma is an Indian woman who topped UPSC Civil Services 2021 with AIR Rank 1.
Shruti Sharma was in New Delhi, India. Her family hails from Basta village in Chandpur Tehsil of Bijnor district, Uttar Pradesh. She attended Cambridge Primary School in Delhi from kindergarten to fifth grade for her primary education, and later, she enrolled into Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Dehli. A member of the student executive during her school days, Sharma was appointed as the secretary of cultural affairs responsible for organising various school events. She pursued her Bachelor of Arts in History at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. She spent her college days participating in numerous types of debates like parliamentary debate, conventional debate, and turn quote style of debating. Thereafter, she joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for her post-graduation but soon dropped out of it. Later, she enrolled in the Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi, where she pursued an MA in Sociology. ((CHAHAL ACADEMY- YouTube) While pursuing her MA, she started preparing for Jamia Millia Islamia Residential Coaching Academy (RCA).
Height (approx.): 5′ 3″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Belonging to a family of engineers and doctors, Shruti is the only member of her family who opted for Arts and studied History. Her great grandfather, Dayaswaroop Sharma, hailed from Athai, Chandpur, and was a doctor. Her grandfather, Devendra Dutt Sharma, was also a well-known doctor. Her father, Sunil Dutt Sharma, is an architect and runs a construction consultancy firm in Delhi. Sunil later started overseeing a local school named Bal Gyan Niketan School, in his native town Basta. Her paternal uncle, Yagya Dutt, and cousin sister are doctors. Her mother, Rachna Sharma, is a former teacher and hails from Bulandshahr. Shruti’s younger brother is a cricketer and represents UP in U25 cricket.
- In her Mock Interview, she stated the reasons to pursue a career in Civil Services and said,
I believe I have had a certain privileged background, therefore, I always wanted to do something in which I could give back to society in some way…Secondly, I believe that on a personal level the diversity and the scope that these services provide can be an avenue for great personal growth and an avenue for learning a lot.”
- In her interview, she also revealed that she had learned Urdu.
- Sharma was pursuing her Master’s in Modern History at JNU when she heard about Jamia Millia Islamia’s Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) via her father. In 2019, she appeared in the entrance test. Due to a technical issue, she had to give the prelims in Hindi during her first attempt. Consequently, she failed the mains by only 1 mark. While recalling the issues faced by her in the first attempt in an interview, she said,
This is my second attempt. Due to some issues with the medium of instruction, I had to take my mains examination in Hindi. I missed my interview call by one mark.”
However, she succeeded in her second attempt scoring 1105 out of 2025.
- On 28 May 2022, Shruti Sharma made headlines after the release of the UPSC Toppers 2021 list. It was a prominent event in the history of the UPSC examination as the top three slots were secured by women with Ankita Agarwal securing AIR 2 and Gamini Singla AIR 3.
- An enthusiastic lover of world cinema, Shruti has watched a wide variety of cinema including Iranian films and the films of Hong Kong.
- Her optional in the UPSC exam was History.
- Her favourite poets are Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena and Dushyant Kumar.
- In an interview, Shruti’s maternal grandmother revealed that she wanted Shruti’s mother, Rachna, to qualify the Civil Services Examination. However, at that time, Shruti’s maternal family resided in a rural area and coaching centres were far away due to which Rachna couldn’t fulfil her mother’s desire.