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IAS Toppers (CSE 2008-2018)

Civil services Examination conducted every year by UPSC is a craze and the successful candidates are the most deserving candidates as they cross a lengthy exam-plan and show intellect and personality that are suited for the job in question.

Success in Civil Services Examination is a big achievement and their accomplishment makes them a role model for the future aspirants who dream to become IAS.

We have made an attempt to present the merit-list, marks, success-stories and details about some of the toppers in recent and previous years’ examination.

When I look back at my actions and decisions, consistency in study-plan helped me the most; says Siddhartha Yadav (1st Rank; UP PCS 2015)

On Thursday 17th March 2016  

Sharing his success-plan Siddhartha Yadav (1st Rank; UP PCS) said, "this time I was focussed and concentrated on Main (written) examination so that I could score well. Even interview went off well and I was expecting good rank but, finding my name on top was really pleasant surprise."


Last Update Friday 18th March 2016

18-03-2016
There is no short cut to success, says Neha Prakash (AIR 22, CSE 2011)

On Friday 18th May 2012  For many, Civil Services Examination is a mystery. But, talented and brilliant candidates unlock these mysteries with sheer dedication and hard work.
Last Update Friday 10th January 2014

10-01-2014
“Life was tough but, with dedication and hard work, I achieved what looked fantasy” says, Praveen Kumar Laxkar (IAS)

On Wednesday 26th December 2012  Praveen Kumar Laxkar (AIR 116, CSE 2011), a Hindi medium candidate says, “I had faith in my capabilities and I knew that my knowledge base would never ditch me in Main Examination and the biggest hurdle is Preliminary Examination.” New-look Prelims made his road to success and self-belief helped him achieve success and get the coveted post of IAS.
Last Update Wednesday 26th December 2012

26-12-2012
When you think about something seriously, it occupies all corners of mind, says Ritesh Kumar Agrawal (AIR 70, CSE 2011)

On Friday 27th July 2012  This is success story of a straightforward youngster who has confidence and strong believes in his capabilities and accomplished the task in style in his last attempt.
Last Update Friday 27th July 2012

27-07-2012
Career in ‘Civil Services’: I am enjoying it, says RVS Kapur (AIR 92, CSE 2011)

On Saturday 26th May 2012  The CSE 2011 result represents the changing trend and now, UPSC has been able to hit the chord by selecting highly talented and competent youth for the top posts.
Last Update Saturday 26th May 2012

26-05-2012
Be familiar with the job requirements of the ‘Civil Servants’

On Tuesday 23rd February 2010  Some traits that help an aspirant achieving success are being hard working with a never say die attitude, focused towards the goal, developing a mindset of being more concerned towards day to day events and having a logical way of thinking.
Last Update Tuesday 23rd February 2010

23-02-2010
SIMRANDEEP SINGH, IAS : Understand the intricacies involved

On Thursday 11th February 2010  To keep sticking to the preparation-plan during this phase, the best way is to reach out and speaking to successful candidates.
Last Update Thursday 11th February 2010

11-02-2010
Dr. P. S. Rajpurohit, IFS: The perspectives and ideas

On Wednesday 20th January 2010  Catch the frequencies emitted from successful candidates, who voice the perspectives and ideas of individual candidates while preparing for Civil Services Examination.
Last Update Wednesday 20th January 2010

20-01-2010
Muktanand, IAS: Perspectives and ideas of candidates

On Wednesday 20th January 2010  Catch the frequencies emitted from successful candidates, who voice the perspectives and ideas of individual candidates while preparing for Civil Services Examination.
Last Update Wednesday 20th January 2010

20-01-2010
Essay is the easiest yet most tricky thing in Main Examination; says Veer Pratap Singh (AIR 92; CSE 2018)

On Monday 13th May 2019  

Veer Pratap Singh shares his preparation strategy and showcases a glimpse of his journey to the dream career.

It has been honest effort in all the attempts and his family helped him stay on track and finally, he crack Civil Services Examination in his third attempt.

He has chosen Philosophy as optional subject.


Last Update Monday 13th May 2019

13-05-2019
Only Hard Work and Right Strategy helps you crack Prelims; says G Surya Sai Praveenchand (AIR 64; CSE 2018)

On Sunday 28th April 2019  

G Surya Sai Praveenchand B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna has achieved brilliant success in Civil Services Examination 2018.

He secured 64th rank in his third attempt.

He shares his preparation-plan and his views about various stages of examination.


Last Update Sunday 28th April 2019

28-04-2019
Preliminary Examination requires planned study, command over basics and MCQs practice; says Mayank Gupta (AIR 177; CSE 2018)

On Sunday 28th April 2019  

Preparation strategy of Mayank Gupta (AIR 177; CSE 2018) reveals the steps he took in his journey towards his dream career.

It was his fifth attempt and he opted for Medical Science as Optional Subject.


Last Update Sunday 28th April 2019

28-04-2019
Only mantra for succeeding in Prelims is – PRACTICE, PRACTICE, and PRACTICE; says Akshay Sunil Agrawal (AIR 43; CSE 2018)

On Sunday 28th April 2019  

Akshay Sunil Agrawal shares his preparation strategy that helped him crack Civil Services Examination in his first attempt.

He has chosen Economics as optional subject.


Last Update Sunday 28th April 2019

28-04-2019
“Give your best; so that even if you fall, you fall with glory”, says Pratham Kaushik (AIR 5; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 30th December 2018  

From failing in Preliminary Examination in his first attempt (CSE 2016) to securing Rank 5 in Civil Services Examination 2017 shows Pratham Kaushik’s power to make a strong come back.

After all, he is a Roger Federer admirer and he really worked hard to realize his dreams.


Last Update Monday 31st December 2018

31-12-2018
"It is important to recognize the demand of each paper of General Studies"; says Himanshu Kaushik (AIR 77; CSE 2017)

On Monday 31st December 2018  

Himanshu Kaushik (AIR 77; CSE 2017) talks about his preparation style and the way he chalked out strategy for facing Civil Services Examination.

Optional Subject: Political Science & International Relations

Number of Attempts: 1 (One)


Last Update Monday 31st December 2018

31-12-2018
Evan after repeated unsuccessful attempts, I remained focused and clear about my GOAL; says Utsav Gautam (AIR 33; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 30th December 2018  

After completing B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Patna in Electrical Engineering, Utsav got placement in Indian Oil Corporation Limited and joined as Electrical Engineer at Mathura Refinery in 2013. However, to become IAS was his dream as well as his parent’s desire.

Utsav’s whole preparation has been product of hit and trial methods. He learned a lot from mistakes that he made in ample amount during the course of his preparation.

Ultimately, in his fourth attempt he achieved this splendid success.

Optional Subject: Mathematics

No. of Attempts: 4 (Four)


Last Update Sunday 30th December 2018

30-12-2018
“The importance of Patience, an Attitude of not giving up and Consistent Hard Work help in Accomplishing the Goal”, says Abhijeet Sinha (AIR 19; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 30th December 2018  

For Abhijeet Sinha, an Electrical Engineer from IIT Kanpur, first attempt in CSE 2016 had not gone well. Still, he wished and hoped to see at least his name in the merit-list. Not to find his name was a heart- wrenching experience, perhaps because it was the 1st major failure of his life.

But, he did not drown himself in the misery; rather, picked up and set to discover the weaknesses and tackle them head on. Equally importantly, he realised that there is no substitute to Hard Work, a factor that was missing in first attempt.

This way his failure became the foundation of success in his second attempt as he secured 19th Rank in Civil Services Examination 2017.

Abhijeet has chosen Economics as his Optional Subject.


Last Update Sunday 30th December 2018

30-12-2018
Optional Subject selection is very crucial; it could make or break your shot; says Rishi Raj (AIR 27; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 17th June 2018  

Rishi Raj talks about his preparation style and the way he chalked out strategy for facing Civil Services Examination.

Optional Subject: Electrical Engineering

Number of Attempts: 2 (Two)


Last Update Friday 9th November 2018

09-11-2018
Strengthen your Basics and Understand Subjects in an Interdisciplinary Manner; says Yognik Baghel (AIR 340; CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

Yognik Baghel (AIR 340; CSE 2017) outlines his strategy for Civil Services Examination preparation. Here he talks about the ways to handle it effectively.

Optional Subject - Philosophy

No. of Attempts – Three (3)


Last Update Monday 29th October 2018

29-10-2018
“If you are honest with your preparation and have practiced test papers, you will definitely clear all the stages”; says Ravi Anand (AIR 79; CSE 2017)

On Saturday 21st July 2018  

Significance of being well prepared comes on fore with the result of Ravi Anand (AIR 79; CSE 2017).

If he scored brilliantly in General Studies to fetch 500+ score that helped him in getting rank among top 100; his performance in Personality Test was not up to the mark and that adversely impacted his chances of getting even better rank.

Here, he shares his experiences and suggests some ways out to perform well.

Optional Subject: Geography

No. of Attempts: Three (3)


Last Update Friday 26th October 2018

26-10-2018
“To deal with unpredictability, first thing is to accept it and prepare mentally for it”; says Vishal Mishra (AIR 49; CSE 2017)

On Saturday 21st July 2018  

Vishal Mishra (AIR 49; CSE 2017) discloses his success-plan and how small-small thing matters while preparing for Civil Services Examination.

He candidly talks about the situations most of the candidates face during preparation phase that lead to drop in efficiency and suggests some ways out to come out of such circumstances.

Optional Subject- Sociology

No. of Attempts- Three (3)


Last Update Sunday 16th September 2018

16-09-2018
“Master all the topics of the syllabus by in-depth understanding of the concepts involved” says Prateek Jain (AIR 86; CSE 2017)

On Saturday 21st July 2018  

Prateek Jain outlines his preparation strategy that helped him succeed in Civil Services Examination 2017. He also talks about the factors that helped him get in top 100.

Optional Subject: Mathematics

No. of Attempts: 2

Previous Selections: IFoS 2016 - AIR 3


Last Update Sunday 16th September 2018

16-09-2018
Keeping in mind unpredictable nature of this examination don’t keep all your eggs in one basket; says Karthik Kotturu (AIR 529; CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

Karthik Kotturu (AIR 529; CSE 2017) shares his strategy for Civil Services Examination preparation and suggests some ways out to handle it effectively.

Optional Subject: Electrical Engineering

No. of Attempts: 2nd attempt


Last Update Sunday 5th August 2018

05-08-2018
A balanced preparation with neutral thought process is requisite for success; says Hasan Safin Mustufaali (AIR 570; CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

Hasan Safin Mustufaali (AIR 570; CSE 2017) has cracked Civil Services Examination 2017 in his first attempt. Here he talks about preparation strategies and suggests some ways out to handle Civil Services Examination preparation effectively.

Optional Subject: Literature of Gujarati Language

No. of Attempts: One (01)

Previous Selection: Cleared Gujarat PSC Class 1 simultaneously with Rank 34.


Last Update Sunday 5th August 2018

05-08-2018
“Right study-resources and right preparation-strategy is needed to crack Civil Services Exam”; says Pushp Lata (AIR 80; CSE 2017)

On Saturday 21st July 2018  

Pushp Lata did schooling from Rewari and Mahendergarh, Haryana; and graduated (B.Sc.) from Guru Nanak Dev University in 2006. She did post-graduation in Zoology from Kurukshetra University and completed MBA in Finance & Marketing from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

She worked with State Bank of Hyderabad as Assistant Manager at Hyderabad.

Here she talks about her preparation strategies that helped her accomplish her goal.

Optional Subject: Geography

Number of Attempts: Three (3)


Last Update Saturday 21st July 2018

21-07-2018
Essay & Interview -Doing well in these two is almost indispensable if one wants to taste success; says Naveen Kumar Chandra (AIR 490; CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

Naveen Kumar Chandra (AIR 490; CSE 2017) candidly talks about his experiences with Civil Services Examination. It gives a detailed idea about his moves, strategies and resources he used.

Optional Subject: Political Science and International Relations

Number of Attempts: Two (2)

Previous Selections: CSE 2016, got IRPS


Last Update Wednesday 18th July 2018

18-07-2018
People, who clear this Exam, do it due to their Unwavering Commitment and Relentless Hard Work; says Anupama Anjali (AIR 386; CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

Anupama Anjali (AIR 386; CSE 2017) talks about her preparation strategy in detail and how to handle preparation for it effectively. Get some insights about the steps you need to take while facing huge syllabus with a bit of planning.

Optional Subject - Anthropology 

No. of Attempts – Two (2)


Last Update Wednesday 18th July 2018

18-07-2018
You can diminish the factor of unpredictability by ample amount of hard work; says Dr. Chetan Sharma (AIR 305; CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

A constant campaigner Dr. Chetan Sharma (AIR 305; CSE 2017) outlines his preparation strategy and how he handled his study-plan for Civil services Examination.

Optional Subject- History

No. of Attempts – Four (4)


Last Update Wednesday 18th July 2018

18-07-2018
The great secret to success in civil services Exam is that there are no secrets of success; says Gaurav Kumar (AIR 34 CSE 2017)

On Wednesday 18th July 2018  

Civil Services Examination preparation is an exam that tests our inner strength. Gaurav Kumar (AIR 34 CSE 2017) shares his experiences and strategies to handle preparation effectively.

Optional Subject: Sociology

Number of Attempts: Four (4)


Last Update Wednesday 18th July 2018

18-07-2018
“Don’t be disheartened by failures - make them a learning experience”; says Abhishek Surana (AIR 10; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 1st July 2018  

An IITian, Abhishek Surana from Bhilwara, Rajasthan has secured 10th Rank in Civil Services Examination 2017.

Here he talks about his experiences, preparation strategies and suggests some ways out to handle Civil Services Examination preparation effectively.

Number of Attempts: 4 (Four)

Optional Subject: Physics

Previous Selections: CSE 2016 (AIR 250; Got Indian Police Service)

I.Fo.S 2016 – 2nd Rank


Last Update Sunday 1st July 2018

01-07-2018
The key to any success can be summarized in one term – Self-discipline; says Shreshth Tayal (AIR 73; CSE 2017)

On Monday 18th June 2018  

A practicing Chartered Accountant Shreshth Tayal has secured 73rd Rank in Civil Services Examination 2017.

Here he talks about preparation strategies and suggests some ways out to handle Civil Services Examination preparation effectively.

Optional Subject: Commerce & Accountancy

Number of Attempts: 2 (Two)


Last Update Monday 18th June 2018

18-06-2018
While Optional Subject is the game changer; it is very crucial to get high marks in the optional in order to get a rank in the top 100; says Bipasha Kalita (AIR 41; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 17th June 2018  

Bipasha Kalita (AIR 41; CSE 2017) talks about her preparation style and the way she chalked out strategy for facing Civil Services Examination.

Optional Subject: Anthropology

Number of Attempts: 4 (Four)

 


Last Update Sunday 17th June 2018

17-06-2018
Civil Services Exam can be made less unpredictable with preparation in right direction and applying that knowledge smartly; says Ankit Jain (AIR 222; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 17th June 2018  

Civil Services Examination preparation requires an organized study-plan and holistic approach. Ankit Jain list out his priorities and shares his understanding of each stage of this examination.

The most significant part of his experience is about Optional Subject where he talks about optional subject selection as he continued to show faith in Public Administration that has not been performing so well in recent times.

Educational Qualification: B.Tech from IET, Lucknow (UPTU)

Number of Attempts: Third attempt

Optional Subject: Public Administration


Last Update Sunday 17th June 2018

17-06-2018
“Luck favours the prepared mind!” says Vallari Mahendra Gaikwad (AIR-131; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 17th June 2018  

Vallari Mahendra Gaikwad discuss preparation style at various stages of examination and how it can be managed effectively within limited time.

Educational Qualifications: BSL LLB from ILS Law College, Pune; LLM (Constituional Law) Department of Law, Pune University.

Optional subject: Law

Number of Attempts: 3 (Three)


Last Update Sunday 17th June 2018

17-06-2018
Unpredictability right from Preliminary Examination to Mains to Personality Test is the name of the game; says Prem Prakash Meena (AIR 102; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 17th June 2018  

Prem Prakash Meena talks about significance of effective preparation for General Studies and role of Optional Subject in overall strategy. His success-plan is enough to inspire you for an outstanding performance in Civil Services Examination.

Educational qualification: B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering)

Optional Subject: Anthropology

Number of Attempts: 2nd Attempt – IAS

Previous Selection: 1st Attempt CSE 2016 - IRS, Income Tax


Last Update Sunday 17th June 2018

17-06-2018
Be very clear about what the General Studies syllabus is; says Siddhant Jain (AIR 201; CSE 2017)

On Sunday 17th June 2018  

Siddhant Jain (AIR 201; CSE 2017) talks about his preparation style and the way he chalked out strategy for facing Civil Services Examination.

Optional Subject: Geography

Number of Attempts: 3 (Three)


Last Update Sunday 17th June 2018

17-06-2018
Getting selected in Civil Services Examination doesn't mean that the selected ones are definitely better than the rest

On Saturday 25th March 2017  

Shailesh Kumar (AIR 41; CSE 2015) shares his views about Civil Services Examination and keeping in mind unpredictable nature of this examination, he throws some light on an important issue - how one should prepare?


Last Update Saturday 25th March 2017

25-03-2017
Toppers’ opinion on new format for Main examination

On Monday 5th August 2013  We had discussed a lot about the recent changes and related details in the new format for Main Examination so that you can get to know about new format for Main Examination. To get some more views and insights, we reached out to some of the toppers of CSE 2012 could throw some light as how they look at these as before knowing their result, most of them were also getting in to the mold to face this new format.
Last Update Monday 5th August 2013

05-08-2013
Toppers’ strategy for facing the new-look Preliminary Examination

On Thursday 25th April 2013  No doubt, the situation was tough when in 2011 the changes at Preliminary Examination were introduced as candidates were to face a completely new exam-plan. More so, they were surrounded by a lot of confusion relating to formation of question papers.
Last Update Thursday 25th April 2013

25-04-2013
Words of advice worked wonders

On Sunday 18th November 2012  For Supreet Singh Gulati (AIR-2, CSE 2007) the splendid success was a result of advice and tips given by Mutyalaraju Revu (AIR 1, CSE 2006).
Last Update Sunday 18th November 2012

18-11-2012
How can a common CSE aspirant benefit from successful candidate’s experiences?

On Thursday 4th October 2012  The CSE exam-plan seems complex spread over two stages Preliminary and Main, but its preparation is not as difficult as many perceive. Sure, you can get useful insights and can be benefited by successful candidate’s experiences.
Last Update Thursday 4th October 2012

04-10-2012
Some take first attempt to learn, others fulfil their dreams

On Tuesday 12th June 2012  Some candidates take this exam casually and say I will take my first attempt to get acquainted with subject and examination requirements whereas every year there are many candidates who accomplish their dreams and become IAS in very first encounter.
Last Update Tuesday 12th June 2012

12-06-2012
Success in first attempt: Fresher with basic skills and knowledge can perform well here

On Thursday 17th May 2012  You need to understand the basic requirements of this examination and if you are able to establish correlation with the each stage of examination, success in Civil Services Examination is not that difficult as it seems.
Last Update Thursday 17th May 2012

17-05-2012
There are so many benefits to start Mains oriented preparation early

On Wednesday 9th May 2012  Those who would have started preparations for CSE 2012 last year itself would be in a better position in comparison to those who got serious only after notification in February 2012. And it will surely reflect in their end result.
Last Update Wednesday 9th May 2012

09-05-2012
Top 25 in the Merit-List CSE 2010

On Sunday 5th June 2011  A career in Civil Services is every one's dream. Those who achieve top ranks fulfill their dreams and become guiding force to the future aspirants. Here, we present the top 25 of them and their choice of optional subjects that helped them succeed.
Last Update Sunday 5th June 2011

05-06-2011
Profile of the top 3 in Civil Services Examination 2010

On Sunday 5th June 2011  All those who achieved success in Civil Services Examination deserve all admiration. It is the top three who are talked about the most and every one wants to know more about them.
Last Update Sunday 5th June 2011

05-06-2011

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