Are you eyeing top rank in first attempt that ensures post of ‘IAS’?

It was success of Govind Jaiswal (AIR 46; CSE 2007), Simrandeep Singh (AIR 52; CSE 2007), Shah Faesal (AIR 1; CSE 2009) that made candidates believe that success in top ranks is possible in first attempt; and after that, if we look at the recent result of Tina Dabi (AIR 1; CSE 2015), Anmol Sher Singh Bedi (AIR 2; CSE 2016) and many such candidates have made situation euphoric.

Continuing the trend, in the latest Civil Services Examination 2017 results, Koya Sree Harsha (AIR 6; CSE 2017), Saumya Sharma (AIR 9; CSE 2017), Chavan Suyash Yashwantrao (AIR 56; CSE 2017)Himanshu Kaushik (AIR 77; CSE 2017) and many more candidates have realized their dreams it the first encounter itself.


All aspirants appearing for the first time in Civil Services Examination 2018 or planning to take a plunge in coming years look for motivation and a reason to stick with the idea of cracking it in first attempt.

As a matter of fact, many a candidates achieve top ranks and realize their dreams of making career in coveted ‘Indian Administrative Services’ in their first attempt. Each year, we come across number of such success-stories who achieve success in first attempt.

Is there a little spark ‘Can I do it in first attempt’?

There is no magic in it; you need to be optimistic and demonstrate your commitment to the GOAL you have set for yourself.

‘Indian Administrative Service’ is top of mind and many capable candidates put in their best to achieve top ranks so that they don’t need to face this gruelling exam-plan again.

But, it is not that simple - you just imagined and you achieve in what is perceived to be the toughest exam-plan in the country.

Many candidates planning to appear for the first time in Civil Services Examination do so immediately after finishing there academics without realizing the exam-standard and examiner’s expectations. For beginners, it is difficult to understand the requirements and some of them look at this examination stage-wise.

To negate this approach, there are numerous examples like Koya Sree Harsha (AIR 6; CSE 2017) and Saumya Sharma  ((AIR 9; CSE 2017)) among top 10; Chavan Suyash Yashwantrao (AIR 56; CSE 2017) in his first attempt got Indian Foreign Service while Himanshu Kaushik (AIR 77; CSE 2017) cracked Civil Services Examination 2017 in first attempt and secured a rank that ensures him post in ‘Indian Administrative Services’.

What it requires?

For cracking Civil Services Examination in the very first attempt, you need to understand the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination and only a focused hard-work would help you to emerge successful.

As a matter of fact, you face such a stiff competition at the first stage of the examination that despite concentrating efforts on Preliminary Examination only, clearing two objective type questions papers becomes water-loo for many otherwise academic brilliant candidates.

You need to acknowledge the set benchmarks and to face it effectively, you have to open up your mind for learning and attain the level that matches the examination yardstick.

Acquiring knowledge is not enough, you need to have grip over conventional as well as contemporary aspects of each topic listed in the syllabus.

As has been witnessed, widely held perception among candidates relating to newspaper reading it that being abreast with the latest is the name of game.

No doubt, it is; but, they mistake the fact and just keep on gathering latest information ignoring the basics. Conceptual clarity, application and inter-relation among the topics and across disciplines helps in comprehending the subject and facing the examination boldly.

Do you want to emulate their success?
Getting inspired from toppers is good. You need to learn from their experience and try to look for some similarities (if exists) and points that can be included in your preparation strategy that helps you in putting up an exceptional performance.

In the beginning, self-analysis is a must. You need to identify your strengths and weaknesses and answer few questions to self:

  • Are you capable?
  • Do you understand the examination level and the examiners' expectations?
  • How much effort you need to put in before you ponder taking the first attempt?
  • What is your level of preparedness?
  • Are you completely devoted to the goal?

Success is sweet; and to crack Civil Services Examination in very first attempt you require a focused hard work, maximum absorption of relevant knowledge, understanding of examination techniques and if you are able to follow the right advice, it is not impossible.

Wishing you luck!

Last Update Saturday 9th February 2019     

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