10 things to do to become the youngest IAS officer in India

10 things to do


Every year, approximately thousand candidates are selected for various posts of civil services exam which is considered to be one of the most challenging examinations of the country.

UPSC has also been trying to reduce the minimum age limit for the exam. You indeed have a better chance of becoming a chief secretary of a state or the cabinet secretary of India if you join early. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was the one the youngest IAS officers in our country who became an IAS officer at the age of 23.

Here is a list of the youngest IAS toppers so far:







Ansar Ahmad Shaikh





Roman Saini





Swati Meena Naik





Amrutesh Aurangabadkar





Ankur Garg





Gaurav Goyal





Tina Dabi





S Susree




IAS  is one of the most respectable positions our society. In this article,you get to know the step by step procedure to become an IAS officer.

Start preparation early: If you want to become an IAS officer early in your life, you need to start early. You need to know anything and everything about this coveted examination. Read from as many sources and get to know as much as you can about the Civil Services Examination.

  • Choose an optional: Choosing your optional subject and choosing it wisely is going to be one of the most important decisions during your preparation period. So, if you want to reach your destination early you must decide on this as early as possible.You should choose such a subject in which you have enough confidence that you will be able to score well.
  • Spend your holidays wisely: After you are done with your HSC examination, rather than just chilling out with your friends (which you can do for a couple of days) focus your attention on your preparation. It helps if you choose your bachelor’s degree based on your choice of optional. Also, plan to gather important books and start gaining knowledge.
  • Obtain a bachelor’s degree: After your higher secondary, if you wish to become an IAS officer you are required to obtain graduation in any discipline from a UGC recognized university. Bachelor’s degree is the minimum qualification required to apply for the civil service exam. So far, there is no minimum percentage required to be eligible to this exam. Final year candidates are also eligible to apply for this exam.
  • Know the syllabus thoroughly: Undoubtedly, you need to know the syllabus in all its vastness. Most of the IAS aspirants get discouraged seeing the bulk of the UPSC syllabus.This is a known fact that UPSC syllabus is very vast,but if you divide and cover the topics on time,you will be able to cover it thoroughly.
  • Use the internet: You must use the internet for your advantage and that extra edge. Internet is there to help you, but you must use it wisely. Refer to government websites as those are essential to your preparation. Apart from that you can subscribe to the websites which provide free UPSC coaching online. Internet is also useful for buying books online, reading reviews and joining a discussion forum where you get to communicate with like minded individuals. Also, google maps come in very handy for studying geography.But,make sure that you use internet keeping your goal in mind.There should be no distraction.
  • Read interviews/books written by successful candidates: Many inspirational books have been written by the which might help you with your preparation. Also, reading their interviews gives you a clear idea of what to do and what not to do.These books can act as a boon in your preparation.
  • Solve previous years’ papers: Solving previous years’ papers will help you spot your weak areas in the early stages of your preparation.Also,you get an idea of the time limitations in the exam.And yes,most importantly you understand the pattern of the questions being asked in the examination.
  • Keep updated on the current events: Current affairs is the heart and soul of UPSC.Many questions are being asked in the examination straightway from the current affairs.Thus,you cannot miss preparing current affairs.
  • Want it enough!: As the saying goes more often than not if you want it enough you will get it! Always remember -”Where there is will, there is way.”

All the best!

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