Deepika become the second Indian to win the title after Palton Hansda won the World champion at Mérida (Mexico) in 2006 by winning the junior compound individual gold medal.
She won the 11th Youth World archery Championship held in Ogden, USA in 2009, at an age of 15 years. She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi.
In the Delhi Commonwealth games 2010, Deepika won two gold medals, one in the individual event and other in the women’s team recurve event. For this she was recently honoured with ‘the Outstanding Performance at CWG (Female) award’ at Sahara Sports Awards 2010.
Later in the Asian games 2010, held in Guangzhou, China, Deepika missed out on a medal after she lost to Kwon Un Sil of North Korea in the bronze-medal play-off of the women’s individual archery event. But as a part of the Indian archery recurve team, along with Rimil Buriuly and Dola Banerjee, Deepika edged out Chinese Taipei 218–217 in the bronze play-off to ensure a podium finish at the Aoti Archery Range.
During the Jharkhand day celebrations, the government of Jharkhand, issued full page photos in leading local newspapers with Deepika showing off her gold medals along with India’s cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who also comes from Ranchi.
In May 2012, Deepika Kumari won her first World Cup individual recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey. She beat Korea’s Lee Sung Jin by six set points to four in the final. Later in the year 2012 she became world no.1 in the Women’s Recurve Archery. In London Olympics 2012, Deepika Kumari lost against Amy Oliver of Great Britain in the opening round.