Indian Administrative Service Examination is entrance examination for the administrative service of the Indian Government. It is one of the most respected and high paying Government jobs in India.
However, to get through the IAS exam isn’t as easy as baking a cake—a lot of hardships and long hours of preparation go in to make an IAS officer. About 1-2% of the total examinees make it to the top. Here’s a list of those brilliant students who fought all the adversaries and topped the IAS examination—one of the most difficult examinations in the world!
5. Shubhra Saxena
Shubhra Saxena is the IAS examination topper of 2008 batch. An IIT, Roorkee graduate specialized in Paper Technology, Shubhra was always a brilliant student since school. She is really an inspiration to all the IAS aspirants—specifically the women—for she left her affluent IT sector job to pursue a career in the development of rural women and dalits. However, quitting a well-paying job and pouring over mountains of books isn’t an easy task, and yet she made it possible and topped the exam with only a year of dedicated preparation. Shubhra is now the DM of the underdeveloped district, Shrawasti in UP. She’s an avid painter and loves to paint in her free time. She also runs a blog An IAS Officer’s Blog where she not only shares all her bitter-sweet experiences and paintings, but also useful tricks for IAS aspirants.
4. Shah Faesal
Another great inspiration to IAS aspirants, Shah Faesal hails from the colorful Lohab Valley, Jammu and Kashmir. He belongs to an educated, middle class family with both his father and mother working as Government teacher. Faesal lost his father at a very tender age, but that didn’t stop him from appearing for the pre-medical exams. A topper throughout his school days, Faesal also topped the medical examination at the SKIMS Medical College.
Since his college, he was actively interested in the political issues of the day and regularly contributed articles to newspapers and journals. He is the first Kashmiri candidate in years to be selected in the IAS exam in ‘general’ category—his phenomenal success prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to congratulate him personally and term him as a “youth icon”. His other loves include reading poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Rumi and the likes. He’s currently working in the Pulwama district of Kashmir as the district secretary.
3. S. Divyadharshini
S. Divyadharshini hails from a middle class Tamil family residing in Chennai. A good student (if not extraordinary) since her school days, she topped her IAS examination in 2010 only at the age of 24, after having securing a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Dr. Ambedkar Law University in Chennai. For all the IAS aspirants out there, her only tip is to make best use of the Internet—it helped her not only with the current affairs, but also with the valuable study materials. Currently, she is waiting for her posting.
2. Sneha Aggarwal
Sneha Aggarwal hails from Yamunanagar, Haryana. An extraordinary student since childhood, Sneha also topped CBSE PMT board exams in 2004. Hailing from a place where sex ratio is extremely low, she is an inspiration to numerous women who want to study and make it to the top. She is currently undergoing training at the Indian Revenue Service in Nagpur and waiting to meet all the challenges that the service has to offer.
1. Haritha V. Kumar
The most recent IAS topper, Haritha V. Kumar belongs to Trivandrum, Kerala. Like all the IAS toppers, Haritha, too, was a brilliant student since her school days. After having completing her schooling from a Malayalam medium school in Trivandrum, she went on to study Electronics and Communication from a Government Engineering College. Although she took up a B.tech degree, she had always wanted to be an IAS officer since childhood. When she first appeared for the exam, she didn’t have a grasp over English and that led to her failure by a meager 18 marks. However, it didn’t let her lose hope and she appeared again and was chosen for IRS. Later, she took the exam again and came out with flying colors—as an IAS topper at the age of 24! Her repeated trials to achieve the zenith of success make her truly a youth icon and an admirable figure.