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IAS topper rank 4th full success story of the Abhiram G Shankar exam wise. If you want to read IAS Toppers 2017 story you can scroll down this page.

IAS Toppers 2017

Abhiram G Shankar, ranked fourth in the UPSC Civil Service Examination of IAS in the year 2010. He was passed out of college in June 2009. After this he starts his preparation for the UPSE exam. From the month of June 2009 to October 2009 he completed his 70 to 80 percent syllabus of GS and optional paper. After that in October 2009 he joins a coaching center. The coaching center name is Shankar IAS academy. He clears the CSE exam of UPSE. This exam is clear in first attempt. The full description subject wise about Abhiram G Shankar is given below. If you want to read it you may go through this page. Contenders if you want to make Your Career in UPSC IAS 2017 then click here for Apply Online.

IAS Toppers

Marks obtained in UPSC IAS Exam

Exam or subject name marks obtained total marks
Essay 105 200
General studies 305 (170+170) 600
Geography 385 (196+189) 600
Political science and international relation 326 (138+188) 600
Total (written) 1121 2000
Interview 195 300
Total 1361 2300
Total percentage 57.22 % 100 %

Optional Subjects

His optional subject in preliminary exam is Geography, and in main exam is Geography Political Science and International Relations. The basis of selection is he has interest in the Geography from starting to the school time and to select international relations natural interest in this subject on wildlife and travel. Contenders Click Here for Check IAS Cutt off Marks 2017 from Here.

Subject wise Description

  • Preliminary exam:

In preliminary exam he prepared his own notes for preparation from the Hindu and he filled it in the different headings such as international, national awards, economics etc. in the academy regular tests are conducted by which he done more practice. About preliminary exam he said, “For Geography I mainly relied on sahakar’s sir classes. He conducted many mock tests and individually advised the candidates on how to improve their answers. I also spend the equal amount of time for GS and Geography during preliminary exam preparation.”  Candidates Download IAS Prelims Previous Year Paper for Preparing Your Examination Click Here.

  • Main exam:

For this exam he prepare very well. He does practice by writing questions. He discussed previous year question paper with his fellow appliers and does more practice of these exams. He said about preliminary exam that, “thinking and reasoning more important than studying facts during exams.” In the main exam his optional subjects are Geography Political Science and International Relations. Candidates Download IAS Mains Previous Year Paper in PDF for Preparing Your Examination Click Here.

  • Essay:

He writes his essay on the topic “Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role.” He selects this topic because this is easiest topic out of four given topics. For the essay exam he did not prepare individually. But before the writing exam he practiced creating structure for around ten different essay topics dealing with carious topics from the previous year question paper.

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  • Interview:

For the interview he starts his preparation after mains exam. For this he start reading the news paper named as the Hindu,   frontline and manthribhumi i.e.is Malayalam newspaper. For this he is prepared for about his biodata in depth, based on the details provided in the summary sheet of UPSC mains examination form Name, Place of birth, home state & district, hobbies, family, academic background, regional, national & international issues. For the interview practice he give many interview in the Kerala state civil services academy in Trivandrum, mock interview sessions in Kerala state civil service academy (Trivandrum), Shankar Academy (Chennai) & Naipunya Academy (Kochi).  Interview questions were related to India-Pakistan relations & Kashmir issue, diplomacy India’s relations with South Asia.

About interview he said that, “Interview was on 11 April 2011.  Interview board was chaired by Mrs. Rajni Razdan. It was a very normal interview and was neither too tough nor too easy, which went for about 20-25 minutes.”

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Advice in the words of Abhiram G Shankar

“Do not give half-hearted attempts. In my opinion, the first attempt should be the best attempt. Do not underestimate yourself but at the same time, respect your fellow aspirants. Being an average or below-average student in school or college does not mean that you will not get into the civil service. Hard work, right strategy dedication will surely result in success. This exam is a long, drawn-out process. It is very natural that one may feel frustrated in-between. But this should deter or affect the motivation of the candidate. Try talking to your family or friends to ease out the tension.”

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