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Rank: 1MainsPITotal
Shubham Kumar8781761054

Background

Shubham had been aware of UPSC examinations from a young age. Shubham spent the starting 4 years of his school studies in his village and then moved to Patna for further studies. Shubham completed his B.Tech in civil engineering in 2014 from IIT Bombay. During his time at IIT Bombay, he was a very active student and used to play various sports. He was also the cultural secretary of his hostel. It was in the same institute that he finally, objectively decided to join Civil Services.

Path to Success

It took him 3 attempts to secure AIR 1 in UPSC examinations. What kept him going through the failures was the love & support of his family and friends.

Advice to Aspirants

  • Shubham urged aspirants to maintain a good friend’s circle, which would work as a great center for support & motivation.
  • Stay away from social media as much as possible, as it creates a lot of distractions.
  • During UPSC preparation proper time management is the only most important thing.

Strategy

  • In his 2019’s attempt, he took as many as 70-75 mock tests, and in 2020 prelims, he took 40-45 mock tests.
  • During his mains preparation, he used to take 1-hour mock tests daily and a full-length 3-hour mock test every third day. He says mock tests are a great way for analyzing strong and weak areas and work on them.
  • Speed is very crucial for cracking UPSC Mains Exam. You have approximately 10-11 mins for each question. Try to find which pen is comfortable for you.
  • Try to keep your answers on point and very precise. Focus on conveying your ideas other than just filling pages. Talking about his subjects, he told he had Anthropology as his optional subject in Mains.

His Vision

  • He wants to work for the holistic upliftment of Rural India, and improve the overall education & financial level of the people from such areas. He also wants to come up with a solution to manage the flood situation in Bihar.
Rank: 2MainsPITotal
Jagruti Awasthi8591931052

Background

IAS Jagriti Awasthi’s age is 24 years as of 2021. Her marital status is unmarried. She is a confident and dedicated person. Jagriti Awasthi’s education has been completed at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal. She was working in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) before starting her UPSC preparation.

Path to success

It took her 2 attempts to secure AIR 2 in UPSC examinations.

Strategy

  • Initially, she studied for 8 to 10 hours. Eventually, she increased it to 10 to 12 hours, and about two months before the exam, she further pushed it to 12 to 14 hours.
  • She has managed to work positively on the study plan and has succeeded in it.
  • She prepared online study material and read the newspapers daily. She emphasized the optional subject which is sociology to gain maximum knowledge and high scores.
Rank: 3MainsPITotal
Ankita Jain8392121051

Background

Ankita Jain was born and brought up in Delhi. She did her B. Tech in Computer Science from Delhi Technological University. After completing her studies, she worked in Qualcomm Private Limited, Bangalore for 14 months. Later, she joined Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as a scientist through her GATE score. Afterward, Ankita Jain was posted at one of the prestigious posts of UPSC, Audit and Accounts Services in Mumbai, after securing a rank in the second attempt. She is married to Abhinav Tyagi who is an IPS officer. Her sister Vaishali Jain has also scored AIR 21 in the civil services examination 2020.

Path to success

Ankita’s success came in the fourth attempt. On the second attempt, she passed the exam. However, she didn’t get the desired rank. She joined the Indian Account Service and continued to prepare for the UPSC exam. 

Advice to aspirants

Ankita says that before appearing for the exam, it’s crucial that one is familiar with the syllabus and has the basics clear. Ankita said that the failed attempts had helped her in understanding the exam pattern better.

Strategy

  • Her optional subject was philosophy.
  • She consistently studied at least 6 hours a day and studying NCERTs books till the 12th standard helped her in building the base knowledge.
  • She prepared with her sister, Vaishali Jain who scored AIR 21. Both the sisters claim to have shared notes and helped each other stay motivated throughout their journey.
Rank: 4MainsPITotal
Yash Jaluka8511951046

Background

Born in 1995 in Jharia, Jharkhand, Yash Jaluka at the age of 26 years cracked the civil services exam in the first attempt. He completed his initial schooling until class 8th from Jharia, and then shifted to Odisha, where he studied until the completion of class 10th. Yash did his 11th and 12th from Delhi Public School, Bokaro, Jharkhand. He then moved to Delhi and completed his bachelor’s in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, and got his Master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics. Yash started his UPSC preparation right after completing his Masters’ course in 2019 and did not join any coaching. He took Economics optional for the UPSC CSE Main

Path to success

Juluka at the age of 26 years cracked the civil services exam on the first attempt.

Strategy

  • The preparation strategy followed by Yash allowed him to indulge in a minimum of 8 hours of preparation every day.
  • As a part of his strategy, he spent approximately 3-4 hours reading the newspaper diligently and ensuring that every single part of daily news was covered and notes based on the same were made instantly.
  • He also maintained proper notes on each topic, along with its historical background, and referred to one book for each subject.
  • Apart from this, the journals and monthly editorials in newspapers and current affairs magazines are the key sources that he considered during the course of his preparation.
  • Given below is a list of a few important UPSC books and sources that Yash referred to for prelims and mains preparation.
  • R.S Sharma’s Old NCERT for Ancient History
  • Class XI & XII NCERT
  • History of Medival India by Satish Chandra
  • A.L Basham – The Wonder that was India (for Buddhism and Jainism)
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • How India sees the World by Shyam Saran (for static International Relations information)
Rank: 5MainsPITotal
Mamta Yadav8551871042

Background

Mamta Yadav was born in Basai, India, in 1996. She is an Indian Administrative Service officer by profession. She completed her education in a local Delhi school before enrolling at Delhi University’s Hindu College.

Path to success

This was her second attempt at UPSC Civil Services Examination. She took this exam for the first time in 2020 and received a Rank of 556. She began training for the Indian Railway Personnel Service after being selected.

Advice to aspirants

The most important thing would be that your optional subject should be something you love reading. If the subject does not appeal to you, it will be tough to maintain your excitement across numerous efforts. Because you’ve already spent 3 or 4 years studying it, choosing an optional from your graduation stream can assist.

Strategy

  • Mamta opted for Physics as the optional subject as she did her BSc in Physics Honours. She did self-study for the optional paper.
  • Learn to debunk all of the Civil Service preparation myths and misconceptions.
  • Not just gaining conceptual clarity but also being able to link it with the present scene is becoming increasingly important.
  • Begin with devising a comprehensive and integrated plan for the UPSC civil services prelims and mains examinations. Divide the year into 12 months by designating months to subjects that have a clear strategy.
  • Lastly, figure out how the test questions are phrased. This procedure necessitates a thorough examination of all prior years’ questions, with a keen eye on what has been asked and why.
  • Attempt as many questions as possible, then evaluate why your questions were incorrect and how you may have done better.
Rank: 6MainsPITotal
Meera K8352061041

Background

Meera completed her B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Government Engineering College, Thrissur in 2016.She got a job in Bengaluru through campus selection. However, she had an inclination towards public service. She gave her first attempt in UPSC Civil Services Examination in 2017 without much preparation. The result was as expected – didn’t qualify. She quit her well-paying job and went back to Kerala to start her UPSC journey.

Path to success

In her second attempt, she qualified Prelims and Mains. Still, luck was not completely on her side. She missed the final selection by a narrow margin of 12 marks. Bad luck continued her in the third attempt too. This time she missed Prelims by just one mark. In her fourth attempt, she qualified Prelims, Mains, and Interview and landed as a UPSC Topper by securing All-India Rank 6!

Advice to aspirants

Meera says, “don’t blindly follow or copy any strategy. Know your strengths and weakness and prepare your own personalized study plan”.

Strategy

  • Meera believes in the importance of self-notes for success in the UPSC Civil Services Examination.
  • For each topic mentioned in UPSC Syllabus, Meera prepared her own notes using pen and paper.
Rank: 7MainsPITotal
Praveen Kumar8481931041

Background

He hails from Jamui in Bihar and belongs to a simple middle-class family. Praveen studied from Jamui in Bihar and wished to qualify for the Engineering Entrance Exam and become an engineer. He cleared JEE Main and went on to study in IIT Kanpur. However after he completed his B.Tech from such a prestigious institution, he did not wish to sit for job interviews but study for Civil Services Exam.

Path to success

He succeeded in his third attempt at UPSC which was in 2020.

Advice to aspirants

He found the problem in the first two attempts to be him following the strategy set by someone else. It was not working for him. He suggests that everyone should follow their own strategy depending on own capabilities and mental caliber.

Strategy

  • He followed a few books but read them thoroughly and made a separate strategy for Prelims, Mains and Interview.
  • He emphasizes reading newspapers and magazines to get connected with the entire globe at the same time.
  • He also suggests the candidates prepare separately for Prelims, Mains & Personality Test of UPSC CSE.
Rank: 8MainsPITotal
Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai8581821040

Background

After completing Class 12, Kartik cracked the JEE examination and landed admission in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai in the Mechanical Engineering field. In his fourth year in college, Kartik Jivani decided to pursue a career as a civil servant and started preparing for the UPSC exam in 2016.

Path to success

He failed in his first attempt in 2017. However, after grinding it out for three years, Kartik was successfully able to crack the UPSC exam in his second attempt. He obtained a rank of AIR 94, thereby securing selection as an IPS officer. He reappeared the next year and climbed ten places to AIR 84.

Advice to Aspirants

He mentioned that reading for many sources won’t help you. You should pick one newspaper and one current affair from a coaching institute.

Strategy

  • To crack his exam, Kartik Jivani a 10-hour study regimen and did most of his UPSC preparation during at night.
  • Kartik has stated in the past that he chose smart work over hard work. He took guidance from several places and books.
  • He took Geography as his optional subject. He summarized his entire notes in around 50 pages.
  • Practice the elimination technique in the exam hall. To get better in this technique, solve a lot of mock tests before the exam day.
Rank: 9MainsPITotal
Apala Mishra8162151031

Background

Apala Mishra was born in the Uttar Pradesh district of Ghaziabad. Mishra attended school in Dehradun until the tenth grade, then moved to Delhi for grades eleven and twelve. She then graduated from the Army College of Dental Sciences in Hyderabad with a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery and went on to work as a dentist. Apala claimed that by the time she was in her final year of dentistry, she was leaning toward civil service because it provides a lot of work opportunities. Anthropology was her optional subject. She intends to work in the field of health, with a focus on women’s health.

Path to success

This was her third attempt at UPSC Examination. She could not clear prelims in her first two attempts.

Advice to Aspirants

She then devised a study schedule of 7-8 hours per day. She believes that coaching centres can help them, but they must study by themselves at the end of the date. “Balance your emotional and mental health because this exam will put your patience to the test. Have faith in yourself that you can succeed,” she says.

Strategy

  • She says that one should revise the basic books as many times as possible.
  • Practice a lot of MCQs & PYQs, and write as many mock exams as possible. When you don’t get a question, then make the answer a part of your notes, so that you don’t forget it.
  • One should go beyond the static portion, in the mains examination.
  • She studied for 7 to 8 hours every day and used a timer to keep track of how much time she spent on each topic.
  • She used the basic books as well during her preparation. Apart from that, she used Google and Youtube to find online study materials to help her understand topics that were not covered in the basic books.
Rank: 10MainsPITotal
Satyam Gandhi8272011028

Background

Satyam Gandhi was born in 1999 in the Samastipur district of Bihar. He completed his schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya. He was an intelligent student from childhood. He was even topper in his 10th and 12th with a science background. Then for his graduation, he moved to Delhi. There he pursued Political Science at Dayal Singh College, Delhi University. In the third year of his graduation, he started his UPSC preparation. He worked on his subject and hence took Political Science International Relations as his optional subject.

Path to success

In the very first attempt, he secured 10th rank all over India.

Advice for aspirants

Satyam Gandhi does not believe in any single or set plan to clear UPSC. He believes that everyone should follow his or her plan. But before making a plan they should analyze the pattern for UPSC well. Remember to make shorter goals to accomplish.

Strategy

  • He emphasizes the importance of Economics, Polity, and Economics for the prelims preparation.
  • He took regular mock tests and test series to track your performance and amend your strategy.
  • He planned his time well. He divided his time into months, weeks, and daily targets to accomplish goals.
  • Moreover, he prepared a concise list of books for UPSC preparation. He evaluated his strengths and weaknesses.
  • He gave more time to weaker subjects like History and Ethics. He spends hours memorizing dates and events of historical background.
Rank: 11MainsPITotal
Devyani Yadav8421821024

Background

In 2014, Devyani graduated in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from the Goa Campus of BITS Pilani. Thereafter she took up a job in the private sector.

Path to success

Devyani Yadav, who secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 11 in 2020, attempted the exam four times before she was successful. She attempted the UPSC CSE for the first time in 2015 and again in 2016, however in both these attempts she was unable to clear the prelims. In 2017, she made progress and reached the interview stage but did not find her name in the final list. In 2018, her fourth attempt, she secured an AIR of 222 and was allotted to the Central Audit Department.

Advice to aspirants

“Being 100 percent honest with yourself while preparing is very important. No matter how many attempts you have given, approach each exam with a clear mindset. Overconfidence and under confidence should both be kept away from you,” says Devyani.

Strategy

  • Focus on limited resources while ensuring that you spend maximum time in revision.
  • Mock tests are a great way of self-evaluation. Devyani recommends solving a minimum of 40 tests before attempting the exam.
  • Striking a good balance between answering questions you are unsure about and completely unaware of is an important aspect. “I would attempt between 85 to 90 questions”, she says.
  • Various online portals are useful for aspirants.
  • Pick the last 10 years’ prelims paper and ensure that you go through them with a fine-tooth comb.
  • As much as content is important, remember that presentation is also a key aspect.
  • Make comprehensive notes in your own words. Optional paper requires extensive reading and making notes for that is prudent. However, content for general studies is readily available in note format, so you can skip it,” says Devyani.
Rank: 12MainsPITotal
Mithun Premraj8451792151024

Background

Mithun Premraj was a diligent student since childhood. After class 12, he studied medicine at the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) in Puducherry. He then received a diploma in public health from the Indian Institute of Public Health, New Delhi.

Path to success

He took the exam for the first time in 2016 after a year of preparation, but he failed. Three times, he also advanced to the interview round but failed. Finally, in the fifth attempt, he succeeded in 2020 and became an IAS officer by securing All India Rank 12.

Advice to aspirants

He says, “be confident, calm, and positive. If you find the topics difficult to understand you should join coaching.”

Strategy

  • He created a certain interest in the subject of Geography and thought of opting for it as an optional subject.
  • He motivated himself so that he doesn’t lack motivation in the middle of the preparation.
  • It is important to be in a stable position during the exam as when you rush in you make mistakes.
  • He Started from easy topics and gradually proceeded towards harder topics, made notes after completing each topic for understanding better, and revised and took practice tests to check his preparation.
Rank: 13MainsPITotal
Gaurav Budania8501731023

Background

He was born and brought up in Churu, Rajasthan. He completed his high school in the small district of Rajasthan, Churu. Later on, he went to college at BHU where completed his graduation in Mining Engineering and after that, he completed his Master’s in Sociology. He secured All India Rank 80 in the GATE exam. Gaurav Budania’s medium was Hindi. He gave his written exam in English and during the interview, he chose the option of Hindi language to answer.

Path to success

Gaurav is one of the lucky candidates who cleared the UPSC exam in the first attempt.

Advice for aspirants

According to him, hard work, the right strategy, maximum revision, making notes, practice answer writing, and a positive attitude are very important for success. Gaurav says that always keep the sources of your preparation limited and follow the strategy completely.

Strategy

  • Budania chose Anthropology as his optional subject.
  • He shared a special tip on how to choose the best optional subject, you just need to pay attention to your strengths and weaknesses, in that way you will be able to find out which subject you are good at.
  • According to Gaurav, he first saw the syllabus and then decided to go ahead with limited books.
  • For Mains, make notes and revise as many as you can.
  • According to him, by working hard in the right direction, you can get success in this exam on the very first attempt.
Rank: 14MainsPITotal
Karishma Nair8341871021

Background

Karishma Nair hails from the Palakkad district of Kerala. She has lived in Mumbai for the past 20 years, where she finished her education. She earned a B.Sc. in forensic science and spent a year in Delhi studying for the UPSC.

Path to success

This was her second attempt. She had made it to the interview round in her first attempt but couldn’t make it to the final list.

Advice to aspirants

Karishma believes in hard work, proper strategy, limited books, maximum revision, answer writing practice, and a positive attitude to clear the UPSC CSE exam. And do not stick to NCERT only, visit government websites also, and do value addition to your preparation,” she advised.

Strategy

  • She focused on reading newspapers daily, watched TV news channels, and studied the syllabus pattern thoroughly.
  • Karishma’s optional subject was Public Administration. According to her, one must choose their optional subject after analyzing their strengths and weaknesses.
  • She had a separate notebook in which she jotted down the significant themes from the sample papers that were vital for the examination and concentrated on them.
  • She advises that the final 2 months before the examination be spent taking as many fake exams as possible in order to assess one’s own performance.
  • Too many exams should not be taken before you are well-prepared, as low scores might lead to a loss of confidence.
Rank: 15MainsPITotal
Ria Dabi8591621021

Background

Ria Dabi who resides in Delhi has completed her Graduation in Political Science from Lady Sri Ram College, New Delhi.

Path to success

She cracked the UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020 in her first attempt and secured an all-India rank of 15.

Advice to aspirants

Ria Added that most aspirants make the mistake of collecting too many resources for the study which makes their preparation more confusing. So it’s always better to stick to the syllabus.

Strategy

  • She admits that she used to devote 10 hours per day and she started preparing for this exam just after she completed her graduation.
  • According to Ria, the key to success in the UPSC Exam is consistency in studies. The other things that are required for UPSC IAS Exam preparation are discipline, dedication, and patience.
  • Ria said she used to study fiction and do a painting to lower her stress.
  • She started her day by reading the newspaper. She took approx. 1.5 hours to read it. Special attention needs to be given to the editorial as this offers great material while writing the essay answers at a later stage.
  • If there is news about a specific event or occurrence, she tries to make a note of it and tries to find relevant information related to that event and collect them in her folder. This helps her in retaining information about that news.
  • And most importantly, she revisits the notes every few days so that it remains fresh in her mind.
  • The news articles that Ria usually cut and pastes in her folder are articles that include Newly launched government schemes, information about any summit or conference being held, articles about the environmental condition in the country and international relations, etc.
Rank: 16MainsPITotal
Arth Jain8531681021

Background

His hometown is Jabalpur where he was born and raised. He currently resides in the capital city, Delhi. Arth Jain completed his schooling at Sanskriti School, New Delhi. After this, he did Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Delhi. In the second year of his graduation, he decided to prepare for UPSC. He kept his optional subject mathematics.

Path to success

In 2019, he gave his first attempt at CSE. In this attempt, he was not even able to clear prelims. Rather than getting disappointed, he reflects on where he went wrong.

Advice to aspirants

“On exam day you should relax and have faith in yourself. You should not be busy revising your notes. Rather you should smile and say clearly yes I can do it”, he says.

Strategy

  • Arth Jain emphasizes the importance of revision. He says that everyone should at least revise each book three times rather than reading nine books at one time.
  • Every candidate should read the syllabus at least three times and then divide their time accordingly. They should give more importance to weaker subjects. Moreover, special importance should be given to optional subjects. One should give at least 50% of his time to his optional subject preparation.
  • According to Arth Jain, candidates should opt for the subject that is more scoring and which they find interesting.
  •  Arth Jian divided the syllabus into different smaller goals. He set his daily and weekly targets. This gave him a clear roadmap.
  • You should also read answer sheets of previous year’s successful candidates. This will give you a clear idea of how to structure your answers
  • According to Arth Jain, everyone should give attention to this scoring subject. They should practice writing one to two essays daily.
  • For the interview, candidates should be ready for questions related to their DAF.
Rank: 17MainsPITotal
Sarthak Agrawal8221951017

Background

Sarthak was born in Old Delhi and after spending a few years, moved to Gurugram, Haryana. He completed his schooling at Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, and had scored 99.6% marks in class XII, and emerged as the CBSE topper for that year. He did BA (Hons) Economics from Sri Ram College of College (SRCC) Sarthak completed his master’s and did M Phil in Economics from Oxford University. At the time of his selection for UPSC, he was working at the World Bank as a Researcher in the Poverty and Equity Global Unit.

Path to success

He cracked the exam in his very first attempt with barely 5-6 months of preparation.

Advice to aspirants

“The strategy worked for me, but it may not for someone else. The idea should be to absorb insights from a variety of sources and use them to arrive at what makes the most sense for you”, he says. Finally, he would suggest not going with any preconceived notions in the ethics paper. It is one of the easiest papers to write, but the hardest to prepare. “Instead, if one spends plenty of time thinking deeply about the ethical issues that confront civil servants in India and develops an independent and innovative perspective on them, they should do well”, he says.

Strategy

  • He did not enroll in any coaching classes but referred to the study material that was available online on various reliable portals.
  • His strategy did not comprise making too many notes as that could have been a time taking procedure for him. He rather relied on reading things again and again to get a better understanding of them.
  • For prelims, he focused on reading newspapers more than reading any particular book. As for mains, he worked on his answer writing skills.
  • For prelims, he used a combination of common-sense, elimination, and intelligent guessing.
  • He consulted some free resources regularly — Live History India, Down to Earth, IndiaSpend, The Diplomat, PRS Legislative Research, and ORF publications.
  • Sarthak took many mock interviews to get a better understanding of how to present oneself and answer questions in front of the esteemed panelists.
  • He enrolled in a General Studies and essay test series 40 days before the Mains and ended up writing over 25 full-length exams. I received good feedback, some of which I incorporated.
  • He believes his approach to his optional subject Economics was different from those of others. He looked over undergraduate textbooks because he only had three months to study for the mains and a lot to cover. For his second Economics paper, he read academic literature on the economy and what is going on in various sectors.
Rank: 18MainsPITotal
Radhika Gupta8381791017

Background

She is a resident of Alirajpur, in Madhya Pradesh. Radhika completed her schooling in her hometown only and did B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from GSITS, Indore. After the completion of her graduation, she started working with Honda Motors for a year. Later, she decided to quit her job in order to prepare for UPSC. She wants to work for the upliftment of tribal and women’s education.

Path to success

In the year 2019, Radhika appeared in the Civil Service exam for the first time. She got selected for the IRPS services. This was her second attempt.

Advice to aspirants

She stated, “If we rigorously study for 8 to 10 hours each day, that preparation is as fruitful as spending 14-15 hours. I have an interest in sports, hence I shell out a fixed amount of time to play table tennis every day. It helped me keep my mind rejuvenated during the preparation and also killed the monotony.”

Strategy

  • Radhika used to study for 9-10 hours and follow a timetable. She made sure she had time for her hobbies. However, she kept herself away from social media sites.
  • Radhika followed general books including Laxmikant for Indian Polity, Spectrum for Indian History, NCERTs for all subjects, and some online platforms.
  • For other main subjects, she relied on self-study. She chose Anthropology as an optional subject.
Rank: 19MainsPITotal
Shashwat Tripurari8521651017

Background

Shashwat Tripurari from Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, secured an all-India rank of 19 in UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020. Shashwat is an alumnus of IIT Delhi and passed out from the institute in 2018. He immediately started his preparation.

Path to success

This was his second attempt at UPSC Examination. Previously, he had cracked UPSC Civil Services 2019 in his very first attempt with an all-India rank of 78.

Advice to aspirants

He insists every aspirant should read the news daily, instead of just relying on monthly magazines.

Strategy

  • When Shashwat initially started his preparation, he started with the previous year’s question papers. This gave him a clear idea of which angles of a topic he must pay more attention to.
  • He followed this up by looking through the syllabus thoroughly. This allowed him to only study topics that UPSC mentions in its syllabus, instead of getting lost in a vast array of information. Stick to standard books only and keep your sources as limited as possible.
  • Initially, Shashwat had joined a coaching institute, but he soon realized self-study was the way to go for him. Since his initial year’s rank was quite good, he realized his strategy was favorable and made tweaks to his original plan to improve on the few areas where his marks could improve.
  • The first step he took was to work harder on his Anthropology Optional, which helped him pull his rank up.
  • Shashwat puts a lot of emphasis on reading the daily newspaper as the UPSC Civil Services Examination has gradually become very dynamic, including in the Preliminary Stage.
Rank: 20MainsPITotal
P Srija8311841015

Background

P Srija is a resident of Hyderabad who originally hails from Warangal. She is a graduate of the Osmania Medical College. As a medical professional, she had selected medical sciences as her optional.

Path to success

She cleared the exam on her first attempt.

Advice to aspirants

Her advice to aspirants is “don’t be too hard on yourself. Be practical and have a plan B”.

Strategy

  • She began by deciding on short-term and long-term timelines for her preparation. She started with her optional preparation first as the weightage is very high.
  • Along with her optional, she completed ethics too as the rest of the subjects are common to prelims and mains.
  • She emphasized the importance of economics and polity for prelims and mains both. These subjects also help us understand current issues better.
  • After she completed the main subjects including history and geography, she prepared the other minor ones.
  • She started practicing mocks four months before prelims by writing 1 mock every three to four days. Not just this, analyzing the scores on these tests is also very important.
  • For mains, answering writing can be started once we complete half of the syllabus. She also wrote answers to mains questions once in three to four days and timed herself.
  • For current affairs, she combined newspapers with insights IAS daily current affairs and monthly current affairs magazine.
Rank: 21MainsPITotal
Vaishali Jain835 61771012

Background

Vaishali Jain has pursued her B. Tech from Delhi Technological University. There she was a gold medalist. She did her post-graduation in M. Tech from IIT Delhi. She was again a gold medalist there. Her optional was mechanical engineering.

Path to success

After M. Tech, she started preparing for UPSC. In 2019 she gave her first attempt. Unfortunately, she was not able to clear even prelims back then. This was her second attempt.

Advice to aspirants

“Your environment affects your thought process. If you live in an inspiring and motivating environment you can think and work better”, she says.

Strategy

  • According to Vaishali Jain, time management is crucial for your preparation. She gave her preparation an engineering thinking, she writes down how many hours is the demand and what is the supply for it.
  • She gave around 11-12 hours daily for preparation. According to her, if she set a higher time limit she would easily study for at least 9 hours efficiently.
  • According to Vaishali Jain, she has solved different papers to understand the exam pattern and question type nicely.
  • She said that she divided her syllabus into smaller targets. Hence she was able to achieve those small goals that combined and gave her big success.
  • She also emphasized the importance of exercise and yoga.
Rank: 22MainsPITotal
Nitesh Kumar Jain8052061011

Background

Nitish Kumar Jain belongs to Bihar. He holds a B.COM degree from the University of Calcutta, West Bengal. He had opted for commerce and accountancy as an optional subject in CSE 2019.

Path to success

He started his preparation in 2019. This was his second attempt.

Advice to aspirants

The key to success in this examination is to have faith in yourself and maintaining a positive attitude.

Strategy

  • He emphasized the importance of current affairs and reading newspapers.
  • He kept his sources limited and revised them multiple times.
  • He formed his preparation strategy around the UPSC syllabus and referred to it again and again.
  • Answer writing plays a crucial role in the Mains exam so he emphasized practicing mocks.
  • It is very important to remain conscious of your physical and mental health. He recommends spending some time with family and friends to reduce stress and regular exercise for maintaining health.
Rank: 23MainsPITotal
Sadaf Choudhary8042061010

Background

Sadaf, a native of Joya, a small town in the district along the National Highway, graduated from LSA Amroha with an Intermediate diploma. With a 10 CGPA on the board high school examination CBSE year 2010, she was the district’s top student. In 2012, she received a 91 percent on the CBSE Board Intermediate Exam. Following that, she passed the JEE Mains exam. She was accepted into NIT Jalandhar. From here, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2016, she started working for an American bank and remained in Delhi until 2018. In the year 2018, she left her job. She began her preparation for the IAS on her own, without any coaching.

Path to success

She cleared the UPSC exam on her second attempt.

Advice to aspirants

She advises the candidates to also pick the subject of their own interests, which will add them a benefit. She asks aspirants to Remove all negative thoughts from their minds and focus on the task at hand.

Strategy

  • Sadaf’s optional subject was Political Science.  She was always interested in the subject and that was a game-changer for her.
  • Separate files or notebooks can be kept for different subjects. Many people prefer files because they make it easier to add notes to a topic. This is especially useful when adding current-events-related news to a specific topic.
  • She admits when taking an exam as difficult as the UPSC, revision formed a crucial strategy of her preparation.
Rank: 24MainsPITotal
Krishan Kumar Singh8012091010

Background

IPS Krishan Former Manager in Reserve Bank of India, RBI. He graduated in Computer engineering. He has studied at Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology. Krishan belongs to Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Path to success

He cracked the UPSC CSE examination initially in 2018 with AIR 181 and then in 2020.

Advice to aspirants

He says, “If you have the potential and trust towards something, don’t quit even after failing, rather put more effort and prove your dedication and skills”.

Strategy

  • He chose Public administration & IR as his optional. The reasons being, “my comfort and compatibility with the subject, easy availability of material, and its scoring nature.”
  • Mr. Krishan said that the answer-writing is the most important section. The candidates must practice answer-writing for their Mains exam.
  • According to him, the 10 markers can be prepared at the end but the 15 and 20 markets require a lot of analysis and proper structure, so these should be prepared properly by giving adequate time.
  • He said that while writing the answers, one should write in paragraphs where each paragraph should represent a different cause, argument, or motive. It helps define the topic concisely and precisely.
  • You should include theoretical aspects in the applied papers i.e. section B of both the question papers. It balances your answer well.
Rank: 25MainsPITotal
Vaibhav Rawat8141951009

Background

Vaibhav Rawat is a native of Rajasthan and a graduate of the Institute of Technology – BHU (IT-BHU). He held the 7th rank in the All India Science Olympiad. He worked at Samsung R&D before attempting the UPSC Exams.

Path to success

This was his second attempt where he acquired the 25th rank.

Vaibhav Rawat opted for the Indian Foreign Services (IFS) as it was a passion to represent India on the world stage.

Advice to aspirants

Along with being well prepared for the exam, one must also focus on their own attitude. It is not enough to be well prepared with the subject knowledge at hand but also to be mentally prepared for the UPSC exams which will help immensely in the final interview.

Strategy

  • Understanding the requirements of the UPSC Syllabus is a key step. That way candidates can have an idea of what they can expect in the exams themselves.
  • In the UPSC Mains, mastering the art of answer writing is crucial as some of your characteristics will be assessed on the quality of the answers you will write.
  • It is highly recommended not to wait for the UPSC Prelims results in order to start preparing for the mains because the time gap between the two stages is not enough to practice answer writing. One must practice the same at the very beginning of the UPSC preparation.
  • One must remain motivated despite any setback that may come about, by giving their best no matter what. This way the candidates will be clear-headed and focused on their goals and that will help them immensely.
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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped Karishma secure AIR 14 in UPSC 2020

It is always a proud moment for us when our students succeed, and we feel humbled when they thank us for our guidance. Karishma Nair (AIR 14, 2020) wrote a personal note to Sajal sir and Civilsdaily after securing AIR 14 and in the letter she explained how our mentorship helped her succeed!

Under the guidance of Sajal sir, Karishma Nair received regular detailed feedback. Each and every answer was analysed and every mistake removed. She says in the letter that the feedback helped her improve every day.

Not only that, her mentor was always available to guide her. She received a structured approach to the UPSC syllabus and answer-writing along with help and motivation throughout her preparation. With time, she was able to improve her performance and was able to secure AIR 14 in UPSC 2020. You can read her letter below:

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Jagrati Awasthi (AIR 2) recommends the rich quality of Civilsdaily IAS content for UPSC || UNHERD: UPSC Toppers Series (Link inside)

We, at Civilsdaily, dedicate our work to our students, and we work hard every day to make sure our students get the best guidance and study material possible. Our efforts feel magical when our students succeed and share their views. Jagrati Awasthi, AIR 2, had an interview with a television channel about her success. And in that interview, she recommended Civilsdaily for preparation. She said that the content on Civilsdaily is rich and high quality. It helped her prepare better for Mains and succeed!

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped UPSC 2020 AIR 25 Vaibhav Rawat || Unherd Shorts | Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Vaibhav cracked Mains in the first attempt but only barely! With very few marks in GS, he joined Civilsdaily’s Mentorship Program for 2020 for his second attempt and the results were clear – he secured 25th rank in UPSC 2020. Vaibhav is an IT BHU graduate, school cricket captain, 7th ranker in All India Science Olympiad, a former employee at Samsung R&D and current Rank Holder for UPSC 2020.

We, at Civilsdaily IAS family, are equally thrilled and overjoyed. We wish Vaibhav Rawat, all the very best. This turn around which he has experienced in his life, may he reflect upon the society.

Guys, let’s hear more from Vaibhav himself and try to learn what a common aspirant learns in this quest to cross the threshold.

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship Program helped UPSC 2020 AIR 42 Pooja Gupta || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check our Pooja’s excerpt on how she cleared UPSC 2020:-

An out and out performer, Pooja Gupta has done it again. She has kept it simple and clean. As she mentions in the interview, her strategy revolved heavily around NCERTs, solving sufficient numbers of question papers and obtaining timely guidance.

She appeared in UPSC IAS exam twice and aced it on both the occasions. Going through the process of structuring upsc syllabus extensively, she recommends the NCERTs over other sources.

Let us hear out the winner herself for her insights & valuable experiences !

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UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped UPSC 2020 AIR 20 P. Srija || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Srija’s excerpt on how she cleared UPSC 2020:- https://youtu.be/5s8QJNejSFU

P Srija, AIR 20, UPSC 2020, in conversation with Birendra sir shared her mindset and thought process that helped him crack IAS exam. Srija also gave valuable advice to aspirants for prelims as well as mains.

Srija, is an MBBS graduate and secured rank 20 in her first attempt in UPSC 2020 examination. In this series, she has talked about how a hardwork and a true mentor can change the journey of the aspirants.

After got to know from Anudeep Durishetty Rank 1 in 2017, it is clearly mentioned that she started preparing current affairs from Samachar Manthan where there is a discussion and written test every week on the various important issues. Not only the test series but also Shweta Mam who is among the core mentor in Civilsdaily has helped her to evolve with the art of answer writing and motivated her at every stage of the preperation.

In Civilsdaily, we have a team of such dedicated mentors helping aspirants at every stage of the preparation to understand their weaknesses and approach to overcome them.


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UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped AIR 65 Pranav Vijayvergiya || Unherd Shorts | Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Pranav’s excerpt on how he cleared UPSC 2020:- https://youtu.be/DWQ9OJ9ACaU

Pranav, a name until now very common is now different. Little did he know that on 25th September evening, he will be set free. Free from years of academic hard work, mentally strenuous sessions and sacrifices. Now he is delighted. He’s IIT Bombay mechanical engineer graduate and yet he failed 2 prelims. Most folks will move on after 2 failures. Waiting for the 3rd is just too painful, but he remained hooked to the goal he had envisioned.

Perhaps he now knows that life has offered him a vantage wherefrom he can reflect and design for what he wants to do. He is now the Republic of India’s collector. The famous position most of us started out aiming for. The search for an ultimate job ends, at least for now.

We, at Civilsdaily IAS family, are equally thrilled and overjoyed. We wish Pranav Vijayvergiya, all the very best. This turn around which he has experienced in his life, may he reflect upon the society.

Guys, let’s hear more from Pranav himself and try to learn what a common aspirant learns in this quest to cross the threshold.

Heartiest congratulations to Pranav Vijayvergiya
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UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship Program helped UPSC 2020 AIR 148 Ponmani N || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check our Ponmani’s excerpt on how she cleared UPSC 2020:-

Starting preparations during her college days, Ponmani was an out and out performer. Being a tech graduate, her love for administrative services was organic. Her affinity for social studies and associated areas only gained ascendency progressively. She forayed into creative writing and it turned out to be a force multiplier. Her Mentorship Program at Civilsdaily helped her find the balance between writing, timing, content and speed. Follow the complete video for her winning experience.

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AIR 148

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped AIR 84 Ravi Kumar || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Ravi’s excerpt on how he cleared UPSC 2020:-

Ravi Kumar is from a small place in Alwar, Rajasthan. He is young and dynamic. Fresh out of IIT Roorkee, he successively cleared two UPSC Civil Services Exams. On the first attempt he managed to obtain AIR 770 and in the second one he finally got himself the coveted job of an IAS officer (AIR 84 ).

He was inspired to become a civil servant right from his college days and started investing a significant amount of time towards preparation, ignoring what many of his classmates were doing at that time.

During this interaction, Ravi speaks about his inspiration, hard work, distractions, managing stress and his evolution over the last couple of years.

His optional is Geography, we will also try to explore the areas many aspirants find it difficult to get over. Whereas he leverages all his previous knowledge and skill to get more marks.

Let’s see some of the key points of this interaction and how Civilsdaily helped Ravi in his journey.

Heartiest congratulations to Ravi Kumar
AIR 84
UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped UPSC 2020 AIR 237 Dilpreet Singh || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Dilpreet’s excerpt on how he cleared UPSC 2020:-

During his second year of college, Dilpreet started to spare time for civil services. He followed the current affairs from CivilsDaily website and prepared his own small notes. It was only his dedication that made him to also seek institutional guidance from CivilsDaily.

He opted for Prelims test series and Samachar Manthan for detailed current affairs guidance cum strategy. What he specifically admires about the program was the personal guidance he received from Sajal sir, who himself was the topper in GS 2017 papers.

In addition to his moments of success, Dilpreet also attempts to address some of the most common and sought after questions by many aspirants. Lets hear him out in our “Unheard” Toppers Talk series for UPSC 2020.

Heartiest congratulations to Dilpreet Singh
AIR 237

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped AIR 132 Lakshay Kumar Chowdhury || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Lakshay’s excerpt on how he cleared UPSC 2020:-

Civils Daily is different than all the other online learning platform when it comes to comprehensive preparation for CSE. Lakshay Chaudhary came in contact with CivilsDaily in the year 2016. Back then he utilized open and free support for current affairs and contemporary issues from Civils Daily. He is undergoing IRAS training.

In the 2020 attempt Lakshay improved his rank and maintained a consistent success with AIR even as a working professional. Here, Civils Daily’s Smash Mains and 250+ Proobable Questions helped him to score high in main GS exam.

Role of Mentorship under Sajal Sir has given definite shape to the smart work by Lakshay. With his clarity of thoughts we prefer to have discussions for specific strategies for all the stages.

Heartiest congratulations to Lakshay Kumar Chowdhury
AIR 132
UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped AIR 142 Shahansha K S || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Shahansha’s excerpt on how he cleared UPSC 2020:-

Here we have a fighter who used to love uniforms over all other forms of services and hence his only preference for services was IPS this time. He was already serving the nation as an IRPS but his desire to get into an all India Services found expression when he found his name up in the list.

He used to follow Civilsdaily IAS for a long time and he liked the guidance with respect to preparing for services. Like many other toppers, he found the free and mentored content top-notch. Even during his everyday transits to the office and back, he used to rely on CDs Application for furthering his preparation.

A go-getter attitude coupled with an optimistic personality is what Shahansha is very much about. Rest lets listen in to him to understand him better.

Heartiest congratulations to Shahansha K S
AIR 142
UPSC Civil Services 2020

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Early stage planning & Civilsdaily’s Prelims and Mains Direction helped me || Dilpreet Singh, AIR 237 || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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During his second year of college, Dilpreet started to spare time for civil services. He followed the current affairs from CivilsDaily website and prepared his own small notes. It was only his dedication that made him to also seek institutional guidance from CivilsDaily.

He opted for Prelims test series and Samachar Manthan for detailed current affairs guidance cum strategy. What he specifically admires about the program was the personal guidance he received from Sajal sir, who himself was the topper in GS 2017 papers.

In addition to his moments of success, Dilpreet also attempts to address some of the most common and sought after questions by many aspirants. Lets hear him out in our “Unheard” Toppers Talk series for UPSC 2020.


Heartiest congratulations to Dilpreet Singh
AIR 237
UPSC Civil Services 2020

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How Civilsdaily Mentorship helped AIR 425, Divyansh Singh || Unherd Shorts || Civilsdaily Mentorship Program: Toppers Testimonials (Link Inside)

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Check out Divyansh’s excerpt on how he cleared UPSC 2020:-

A graduate in Computer Science from IIT, Divyansh as a student was always brilliant in studies. Yet the transition from a software developer in Microsoft to civil services was not easy for him. During work, he read NCERT books to get an understanding of the UPSC syllabus. Once he decided that this is what he wanted to do, Divyansh resigned and prepared full time. He believes that once a decision is taken it is final; you may change plans to achieve the goal but never change the goal itself.

He has cleared the exam in his second attempt. However, the point to be noted is that in both his attempts, he cleared the prelims in one shot. What was his go-to strategy in Prelims? Divyansh studied Current Affairs from Civilsdaily and solved atleast 35-40 papers before the exam. This gave him a powerful intuition to get the right answers from elimination techniques. He believes that solving question papers gives one a solid perspective of a topic.

His strategy for Mains was preparing 1-2 pages of notes on every topic from online sources. He topped it up by taking Smash Mains test series. He appreciates the feedback and inputs given by Sajal Sir after every test. This gave him a clear understanding of what to write and the points he had missed in an answer. After his selection for the interview round, he also enrolled in our Interview Guidance Program.

Heartiest congratulations to Divyansh Singh
AIR 425
UPSC Civil Services 2020

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Podishetty Srija, AIR 20, UPSC 2020 || Inclination towards Studying Medicine & Dream to Serve People || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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P Srija, AIR 20, UPSC 2020, in conversation with Birendra sir shared her mindset and thought process that helped him crack IAS exam. Srija also gave valuable advice to aspirants for prelims as well as mains.

Srija, is an MBBS graduate and secured rank 20 in her first attempt in UPSC 2020 examination. In this series, she has talked about how a hardwork and a true mentor can change the journey of the aspirants.

After she got to know from Anudeep Durishetty Rank 1 in 2017, it is clearly mentioned that she started preparing with Civilsdaily’s Prelims Test Series and Mains Essential Program that helped her a lot. Not only the test series but also Shweta Mam who is among the core mentor in Civilsdaily has helped her to evolve with the art of answer writing and motivated her at every stage of the preparation.

In Civilsdaily, we have a team of such dedicated mentors helping aspirants at every stage of the preparation to understand their weaknesses and approaches to overcome them.

Civilsdaily is proud to present AIR 20 P. Srija and congratulate her on her future endeavors.

Let’s hear more from the winner himself in the video.

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Heartiest congratulations to Podishetty Srija

AIR 20

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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From IIT to Civil services | Life beyond Tech World | Jayant Nahata, AIR 56, UPSC 2020 || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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In this Unherd Interview, We are joined by AIR 56 Jayant Nahata.

A graduate from IIT Delhi, Jayant looked beyond the tech industry and wanted to be part of the social development of society.

“Do you want the pain of hard work or do you want the regret of failure?” is the mantra that kept him going through the UPSC preparation.

Maintaining consistency and managing time is one of the most difficult issues faced by many aspirants. Take this opportunity to learn the techniques of time management and planning from Jayant.

Civilsdaily is proud to present AIR 56 Jayant Nahata and congratulate him on his future endeavors.

Let’s hear more from the winner himself in the video.

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Heartiest congratulations to Jayant Nahata

AIR 65

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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Elimination Technique (Tikdams) helped me clear Prelims 2020 big way || Divyanshu Choudhary, AIR 30, UPSC 2020 || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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Guys, in this edition of Unherd, we have AIR 30 Divyanshu Choudhary to share this journey for UPSC preparation.

He did his engineering from BITS Pilani and given went for MBA from IIM Calcutta. He left his lucrative private job to pursue a career in Civil services.

This success came at the cost of a lot of hard work. Despite having COVID 3 months prior to Prelims, he did not lose his focus.

Starting with a dream and ending with its reality, is very much possible if you trust yourself, work in a direction with a focused plan of action. He is one such example for us too at Civilsdaily IAS.

Let’s hear more from the winner himself in the video.

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Heartiest congratulations to Divyanshu Choudhary

AIR 30

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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Divyanshu Nigam, AIR 44, UPSC 2020 | I didn’t have any plan B and I trusted the process || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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Divyanshu Nigam, Rank 44 in CSE, 2020. Did his B.Tech from BITS Pilani in Chemical Engineering. A thorough reader and interested in Reflective journalism. Let’s see some of the key points of this interaction and how Civilsdaily helped Divyanshu in his journey.

Let’s hear more from the winner himself in the video.

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Heartiest congratulations to Divyanshu Nigam

AIR 44

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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CBSE topper to AIR 17 || Sarthak Agarwal’s year long journey of Planning, Hardwork & timely Mentorship || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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Guys, we have AIR 17 Sarthak Aggarwal who has yet again proven his abilities in UPSC 2020. He has had a phenomenal academic history coupled with some great post academic work assignments. But these nonetheless lucrative job opportunities didn’t let Sarthak defocus for a moment. Like everyone else, he too had to navigate the ominous developments in the form of distractions, bad days, despair, needless comparisons, etc., in addition to chart out a course plan for successful coverage of UPSC IAS syllabus. From his marathon one after another success over the years, one thing is clear. Starting with a dream and ending with its reality, is very much possible if you trust yourself, work in a direction with a focused plan of action. He is one such example for us too at Civilsdaily IAS.

Let’s hear more from the winner himself in the video.

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Heartiest congratulations to Sarthak Agarwal

AIR 17

UPSC Civil Services 2020

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AIR 84 | Straight out of College & Cracked UPSC exam in very first attempt | Ravi Kumar || UNHERD: Civilsdaily’s Toppers Talk Series (Link inside)

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Ravi Kumar is from a small place in Alwar, Rajasthan. He is young and dynamic. Fresh out of IIT Roorkee, he successively cleared two UPSC Civil Services Exams. On the first attempt he managed to obtain AIR 770 and in the second one he finally got himself the coveted job of an IAS officer ( AIR 84 ).

He was inspired to become a civil servant right from his college days and started investing a significant amount of time towards preparation, ignoring what many of his classmates were doing at that time.

During this interaction, Ravi speaks about his inspiration, hardwork, distractions, managing stress and his evolution under the guidance of CivilsDaily over the last couple of years.

His optional is Geography, we will also try to explore the areas many aspirants find it difficult to get over. Whereas he leverages all his previous knowledge and skill to get more marks.

Guys, let’s hear more from Ravi himself and try to learn what a common aspirant learns in this quest to cross the threshold.

Talk to Ravi’s UPSC Mentors- https://bit.ly/Free_One_to_One_Mentorship

Heartiest congratulations to Ravi Kumar

AIR 84

UPSC Civil Services 2020