Rupa Saini had a particularly successful career. She donned the Indian colours in the 1974 France and 1978 Madrid World Cups, apart from earning nearly 200 Test caps both in India and abroad. She also played in the 1979 world championships held in Vancouver. She also went on to win the prestigious Arjuna Award .
Prema Saini, Rupa’s elder sibling, was decorated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award by the Punjab government.
Rupa Saini later went on earn a doctoral degree and was employed as a senior lecturer with the Government College of Physical Education in Patiala. She later went on to become principal, Govt. Mohindra college, Patiala. She has also been in the past appointed as a manager of the senior Indian team by the Indian Women Hockey Federation (IWHF).