Preparation tips from IAS toppers


In this post we are going to share key strategy of IAS toppers of past 10 years, the data is being collected from their personal interview.


IAS Toppers

IAS Topper 2004 -05

S.Nagaranjan

Getting familiar with old question papers of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC); understanding the question paper pattern, preparing a list of subjects or portions from which questions are asked; dividing broad topics of study for preliminary or main examinations; sharpening the art of note-taking and making precise presentations; and testing ability through mock examinations of one-hour duration before finally appearing for the examination and maintaining honesty at the time of interview.


IAS Topper 2005 – 06

Ms. Mona Pruthi

Civil Service Examination is a test of patience. It requires a lot of scarifies and you are required to brave all adversities. You should trust yourself and God. Nothing is impossible in this would. With lots of hard work and determination, you can achieve what you aim for.


IAS Topper 2006 – 07

Mutyala Raju Revu

Believe in yourself. You are the creator of your own destiny as Vivekananda said. Don’t give any attempt without preparing seriously. Don’t Change your optional frequently.


 IAS Topper 2007 – 08

Dr. Karthik Adapa

Just be yourself! The more artificial you are, the more you will struggle. While preparing, ‘studying’ newspapers is the ultimate thing. I read The Hindu, which is by far the best newspaper when preparing for the Civil Services Exam. While preparing, don’t merely ‘read’ the newspaper, ‘study’ the newspaper, just like you would a textbook. Underline, make notes, analyze, draw some conclusions, discuss.


IAS Topper 2008 – 09

Shubhra Saxena

It is more about the quality than the numbers of hours one puts in. To succeed, she adds, one doesn’t need to devote 15 to 18 hours a day.If you over exhaust yourself in the initial three months, you won’t be able to sustain the energy and enthusiasm for an entire year or two.


 IAS Topper 2009 – 10

Shah Faesal


I would like to point out that civil services are not the end of the world

Your preparation should be such where if you are not able to make it to civil services, the knowledge accumulated for preparation should help you in any sphere of life.

‘Except the best but, be ready for the worst.


IAS Topper 2010 – 11

S Divyadharshini

Believe in yourself and have confidence. Be sure that hard work and perseverance will always give what you deserve.I used the internet as an important source of information, you can get the latest information and in-depth analysis on the net.


IAS Topper 2011 – 12

Shena Aggrawal

Confidence is the biggest factor in this examination. Choose quality over quantity. Make schedule as per your comfort level and stick to that.


IAS Topper 2012 – 13

Haritha V Kumar

One should not get disheartened and must work with dedication and determination.

Instead of studying for a certain number of hours, I divided the syllabus into parts and decided how much I would cover each day. For the interview, discussions with my friends in the National Academy for Customs, Excise and Narcotics helped a great deal. It is imperative to have a lot of writing practice before attempting the mains. Finally, one should not allow anything to be a roadblock that prevents you from reaching your goal. One has to overcome such hurdles and for that a family’s support is crucial.


 IAS Topper 2013 – 14

Gaurav Agrawal

There were days when I studied all the subjects every day and there were days when I studied only one subject for weeks. That really depends on the kind of interest one can generate. For preparation, first I joined some coaching institutes but later I realized self-study was the best option.


IAS Topper 2014 – 15

Ira Singhal

Preparation for civil services examination is all about smart study, more observation, and analysis that actually gathering stuff and reading from 5,000 sources.More observation and analysis that actually gathering stuff and reading from 5,000 sources.People who look at clearing civil services as a matter of life and death need to move beyond it. It will be tough for them to clear it if they think like that. There is life beyond these examinations.


Hope you find it useful,and it will help in your preparation.


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