IPS officer Shahnaz Illyas, got AIR 217 , prepared for UPSC exam during maternity leave

IPS Shahnaz Illyas

IPS Success Story: Shahnaz Illyas worked in an IT company for five years after college.

Marriage is a pious relation but sometimes it makes you leave your ever-seen dream. There have been many instances where you will find such incidents that a woman had to leave her dream behind to get on life with someone without completing her dream.

However, there are several who overcome challenges and set an example. Today, we are going to share IPS officer Shahnaz Illyas' story who took the UPSC exams during her maternity leave and secured AIR 217 in CSE 2020.


IPS Shahnaz Illyas Work-life

If we talk about her work-life we find that she was not interested in her work lifestyle.  Shahnaz Illyas worked in an IT company for five years after college. However, a 9 to 5 job wasn't her calling. She wanted to do something for society, then decided to become a civil servant when she was on leave during her pregnancy.  


IPS Shahnaz Illyas and TNPSC

According to a report in the Logical Indian, Shahnaz appeared for the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) prelims examination in the 9th month of pregnancy and passed the preliminary examination in her first attempt after just two months of preparation. 


Shahnaz Illyas UPSC

However, after passing the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) prelims examination, Shahnaz realised that she also had the ability to clear the UPSC Civil Services Examination, but the biggest challenge was time. It was difficult for her to take out 8 to 10 hours everyday with a baby to take care. 

Shehnaaz Ilyas's family was supportive during her preparation. Her parents took care of her baby while she prepared for one of the toughest exams in the country. She worked hard and secured AIR 2017 and became an IPS officer in 2020.

Shahnaz Illyas UPSC Strategy

Shahnaz says that she used to make a schedule for the entire month first and then follow the routine with full discipline. complete the schedule with full discipline. 

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