Yaswant Kumar Reddy AIR 15 UPSC 2021

“It takes roughly 10,000 hours to become good at something, or 28 days of doing the same thing again and again to build a habit. And to clear UPSC you have to learn 2000 topics. Now the choice is yours. The price of success lies on hard work and dedication to the goal in mind”- Civilsdaily

About Yaswant Kumar Reddy– His UPSC journey and hobbies

NameChallapalle Yaswant Kumar Reddy
ResidentKurnool Dist. Andhra Pradesh
ExamUPSC 2021
All India Rank15
Optional Subject Anthropology
HobbiesWatching web series on professional fiction

2. Family and Education

FatherPulla Reddy, a headmaster in a govt. school
MotherAmma Laksmidevi, a housewife
Elder BrotherNaga Dastgiri Reddy, an M. Tech

Yaswant  Kumar hails from Madi, a village in Kalugotla, Chaglamarri Zone in Andhra Pradesh and has a family of four consisting of his parents, his elder brother.

 Yaswant’s Educational Background:

  • Primary schooling from Mandala Parishad Primary school, in Kottala, Kadapa district. After that, he passed the 10th standard from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Rajampet.
  • He completed his computer science engineering graduation from JNTU Kakinada. And intern at Shri Chaitanya College, Vijayawada.
  • He was also selected in Indian Oil Corporation as an Information System Officer.
  • He worked as an Assistant Commissioner of State Tax in Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

3. UPSC Strategy

He started his career at a young age with a job as an engineer in IOCL, with Rs. 90,000 per month, but he was not satisfied with that. He started preparing for the competitive examination and secured the third position in Group-A by APPSC. Later, he secured 93rd rank in Civil 2020. In UPSC Civil 2021, he topped with AIR 15 from Telugu state. He left his M.Tech & join the job because it would give him some time to prepare for UPSC CSE

These 3+ years’ experience and consistency helped him to formulate a better strategy.

  • For prelims he relied only on online materials
  • For mains he would regularly visit Sakhshieducation and some other websites for UPSC.
  • He started UPSC preparation by studying NCERTs.
  • Since current affairs are possibly the most significant part of the IAS exam he backed his preparation with day-to-day newspaper readings to give sufficient focus to the happenings nationally and internationally.
  • he joined a few online mock test series for Prelims and mains.
  • He was meticulous about study materials. he consolidated his study materials and revised them as many times as he could.
  • Be patient and stay focused all the time.
  • Always tried to improve his performance.
  • made his notes.
  • From the very starting, he carried his preparation under senior teachers and mentors.

He didn’t follow any super different strategy of planning. he executed the same strategy differently.

4. Yaswanth Kumar’s Notes & Booklist


  • M. Laxmikant

Indian Economy:

  • Ramesh Singh

Modern Indian History:

  • A Brief History of Modern India 
  • NCERTs class VI to XII (Old version)

Art & Culture:

  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • NCERTs of class XI and XII

Ancient India:

  • RS Sharma


  • Ethics and integrity by Subba Rao and PN Rao Chaudhary


  • Certificate Physical and human geography by GC Leong
  • Indian Geography by Majid Hussain
  • NCERTs Class IX to Class XII
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India by Ashok Kumar
  • ETC.

5. Motivation and inspiration

Challapalle Jaswanth Kumar Reddy proved that if one relies on hard work towards the goal and moves ahead, one can achieve exceptional success.

His main aim to crack UPSC was to serve his society better he showed his gratitude to his teachers and mentors who were the real torch bearer all along the crooked path of UPSC.


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