Strategy & Success Tips

Meet 26 year old Ishita Rathi, who secured AIR 8 in UPSC civil service examination in her 3rd attempt and without coaching.

She did her graduation in economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.

Ishita Rathi UPSC Topper AIR 8

She did her post-graduation in economics from the Madras School of Economics.

Ishita Rathi UPSC Topper AIR 8


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Her Strategy & Story

She followed the strategy, resources, and books suggested by the toppers.


For the static part, I used the same standard books like Lakshmikant for Polity and Spectrum for History.

Preparation strategy

For current affairs, I referred to only one magazine, Vision IAS PT 365.

Preparation strategy

I also took many mock tests and test series to strengthen my preparation.

I got to know about my strong areas by solving the past year's question paper.

(1) You should join the test series of any institute.

(2) Solving previous year's question papers is very necessary.

(3) Do answer writing practise too.

The Civil Service Exam can be cleared without coaching, but for that self-study is very necessary.

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 This UPSC exam needs a   lot of patience,
 needs discipline,

 be confident,

 always be with positive   people who inspire you to   chase the goal and,

 most importantly, have     faith in yourself.

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Shubhankar Pratyush Pathak
UPSC Topper 2021, RANK 11