Every year, the Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services Examination to recruit officers for the Indian Civil Services. Known as the Imperial Civil Services (ICS) in the 1850s, the IAS is the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India.
It is the highest administrative post among the 24 civil services, followed by IPS, IFS, etc. Only the toppers from the list of candidates who clear the UPSC Exam are selected for the IAS service.
UPSC Toppers from 1972 to 2023
|Name of the IAS Topper
|Haritha V Kumar
|Jammu & Kashmir
|Alok Ranjan Jha
|Sunil Kumar Barnwal
|Shri Anurag Srivastava
|Raju Narayana Swamy
|Shashi Prakash Goyal
|Dr. Hrusikesh Panda
All the toppers swear by a perfectly strategized preparation as the foundation of their success. Most of them started preparing early in their life for the UPSC exam.
IAS Preparation Tips from IAS Toppers
Success never comes easy. Hard work, dedication, and sincere preparation are the mantras that toppers follow. They swear by a perfectly strategized study framework as the foundation of their success. Most of them started preparing early in their life for the UPSC exam.
Here are a few tips from some of the Toppers we have listed above; they have shared some invaluable advice. We have combined all the pointers to make it easier for you to achieve your goal of being part of this elite service.
She is a UPSC topper who cleared the exam in 2015. She started coaching and preparing at the age of 18. She says the secret of her hard work is lots of hard work and patience.
Focus, discipline and family support are the formula to her success.
During preparation, taking an ample amount of break time is necessary to keep your brain fresh. Tina read many fictional novels to keep her mind from tiring from all the studying.
Keeping track of all the current affairs is of utmost importance. Following the news is as essential as reading all the course material.
Anudeep Durishetty from Hyderabad is a topper from the 2017-18 batch. Here, we have an exemplary candidate who prepared for the Civil Services Examination without any help from training institutions.
He opted for anthropology as his optional subject. Anudeep, now an officer of the Indian Revenue Services, vows to have strong basics. In one of his interviews, he said he relies heavily on NCERT books for his preparations.
According to him, a strong mind and a never-deterring aim to achieve the goal is the way to crack the exam. He is a sports person, believed to have brought discipline to his study regime.
Ira Singhal is a candidate from the general category and is physically challenged. Now, in the IRS, she wants to work towards the benefit of physically challenged people.
In an interview, she advises UPSC aspirants first to get a professional degree and a few years of work experience and then take the UPSC exam.
She provides very sound advice that any insecurity in life shall pass with time.
She suggests the aspirants read any useful information they can get their hands on. No information is less valued; any information will come in handy.
Ira Singhal also said, “No matter what you do, remember to have a life.”
Another candidate who bore the fruits of his hardship is Gaurav Agarwal, who hails from Jaipur. He worked as an investment banker before working on his passion for IAS. He emerged successful in the year 2014.
Gaurav advises all UPSC aspirants to identify their weaknesses, work on them and overcome them. In his opinion, “We should strive for our ultimate goal. Hard work is the only way. The results will come automatically.”
He suggests making notes on the computer instead of paper.
Read, imbibe, recall and write are the steps he followed during his preparation.