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Success Stories of IAS Toppers

The IAS exam is one of the most competitive exams in India, but it is definitely possible to crack it with hard work and dedication. The best way to get inspired for your UPSC preparation is to read about the success stories of IAS toppers.

In this blog post, we will share the success stories of some of the top IAS rankers in recent years. We will learn about their backgrounds, preparation strategies, and challenges that they faced on their journey to becoming an IAS officer.


Meet UPSC 2017 topper Anudeep Durishetty


“The journey was not easy for me.”

Anudeep Durishetty, an IRS officer hailing from Telangana failed three times in his pursuit of the prestigious IAS. But he did not give up on his dream and worked harder than before in his fifth attempt to become a UPSC topper. Durishetty first attempted the IAS exam in 2012. The next year, in 2013, he was selected for the Indian Revenue Service.

His attempts in 2014 and 2015 did not bear fruits, but the 28-year old was determined enough to try one more time. Durishetty was working as an Assistant Commissioner (Customs & Indirect Taxes) in Hyderabad when the 2017 UPSC results were announced and declared him a UPSC topper.

  • Durishetty is a native of Metpally town in Jagatyal in Telangana.

  • He completed his schooling from Sri Suryodaya High School and Sri Chaitanya Junior College. He then secured a B.Tech in Electronics & Instrumentation from BITS Pilani, Rajasthan in 2011.

  • It was while he was pursuing his engineering degree that the civil services bug bit him. In his maiden attempt, he cleared the IAS mains exam but could not get through the personality test round.

  • After this attempt, he joined Google where he worked as a software engineer.

  • The topper admits it was not easy to juggle both a fulltime job and the IAS preparation.

  • He did not join any formal coaching class and relied on the internet for guidance. He did most of his studies on the weekends.

  • Durishetty had opted for Anthropology as his optional subject as he loved to study about the evolution of mankind and society.

Durishetty acknowledges the role played by his family and friends in his stupendous success. He also thanked his peers and senior officers in the revenue service for their support and encouragement. Durishetty’s father D Manohar is an Assistant Divisional Engineer at the Telangana Northern Power Distribution Co. and his mother Jyothy is a homemaker. Durishetty remarked, “My family has been my backbone and if I did not have their support, I would not have been able to top the examinations.”




Meet UPSC 2022 topper Ishita Kishore


Ishita Kishore is a role model for many aspiring IAS officers. She secured the first rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2022 in her third attempt. She is an economics graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. Ishita's journey to becoming an IAS officer was not easy. She faced many challenges along the way, but she never gave up on her dream. In her first two attempts, she failed to clear the prelims exam. However, she learned from her mistakes and came back stronger each time. In her third attempt, Ishita focused on her strengths and weaknesses. She also made sure to practice answer writing regularly. She also took the help of a mentor who guided her throughout her preparation. Ishita's success is a testament to her hard work, dedication, and perseverance. She is an inspiration to all those who are striving to achieve their dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem. Here are some key takeaways from Ishita's journey: Never give up on your dreams, no matter how difficult they may seem.

  • Learn from your mistakes and come back stronger each time.

  • Focus on your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Practice answer writing regularly.

  • Take the help of a mentor or coach.

If you are aspiring to become an IAS officer, Ishita's journey is a must-read. It will inspire you to work hard and never give up on your dreams.


These success stories will show you that it is possible to achieve your goal of becoming an IAS officer, no matter what your background is. They will also inspire you to work hard and never give up on your dreams.








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