IAS At 23, Nisha Grewal Cracked The Prestigious UPSC Exam, Says Her Grandfather Was The Key

Mad4Her By Navya Gupta | 2 min read

Nisha Grewal

IAS Nisha Grewal secured the AIR 51 in UPSC 2020 in her first attempt at the young age of 23.

Many people dream of becoming an IAS officer but very few are able to make this dream come true. due to the repeated failure and multiple attempts, many aspirants leave the race in between. This prestigious exam demands years and years of studying and practice and only a handful can bear repeated failure and have patience. There are only one in a million who could crack the exam in the first attempt and among those very few belong to Nisha Grewal.

She hails from a small village in Haryana and though there was lack of resources, she proved herself and became an Indian Administrative Service officer at the age of 23.

Early life

Nisha Grewal is from Bamla Village in Bhiwani, Haryana. She completed her schooling from Bhiwani Public School.  

Nisha Grewal’s father, Surender Grewal, works in the electricity department and her mother Promila Grewal is a housewife. Her grandfather Ramphal Grewal is a retired Maths teacher.  After completed her schooling from Bhiwani, she came to Delhi to pursue BA Hons. in Political Science from Delhi University.

Inspiration behind clearing UPSC

The credit for her success goes to Nisha’s grandfather who was instrumental in her preparation and helped her throughout her journey. He not just motivated her but also helped her in the preparation for the UPSC exam. She also had constant support from her parents as her family cheered up during the hard time.

Nisha Grewal's family
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While pursuing her BA Hons. degree in Political Science from Delhi University’s Miranda House, in the final year of college, she started coaching in Delhi.

Nisha Grewal went to coaching for ten months only as the COVID-19 situation made her move back to her native home in Bhiwani. She did not lose hope but started the preparation of the Civil Service examination on her own. She used to study for about 8 to 9 hours every day. If someone is facing difficulty during the preparation, they can take the help from coaching but if someone wishes to prepare on their own then all the notes and resources are available online. Nisha relied on NCERT books and some standard books for her preparation.

As she started studying during the pandemic at her home, her grandfather was her mentor 24/7 and she also took constant advice from District Commissioner Jaibir Singh which really proved helpful in her preparation.

Nisha Grewal's grandfather
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Created history with AIR 51 in UPSC

IAS Nisha Grewal
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IAS officer gave the Union Public Service Commission examination in 2020 and cracked the exam in her first attempt.

She chose Political Science as her optional subject. The reason behind choosing Political Science as her optional subject is that she was freshly graduated with a degree in Political Science and all the basics were very clear.

Nisha Grewal’s total score was 997 marks which bifurcated in 818 marks for written test and 179 marks for personality test.

 She faced a lot of obstacles in her journey but she never let them demotivate her. Hard work along with the right strategy made her successful in this difficult journey.

Nisha Grewal brought home the glory in her first attempt and became an IAS officer at the age of 23.

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