UPSC Civil Services Exam 2012 Topper Haritha V Kumar is the first woman topper from Kerala. The state of Kerala known for its literacy rate celebrated a first rank triumph after 22 years. In this article, you can read all about IAS Topper Haritha Kumar’s UPSC Preparation Strategy and Tips for UPSC Success.
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Haritha V Kumar IAS – Background
- Haritha is one of the three children of Vijayakumar and Chithra.
- She is a native of Kerala.
- She completed her schooling from St. Theresa’s Convent School and Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Neyyattinkara.
- After that, Haritha did her engineering from the Government Engineering College, Thiruvananthapuram and specialised in Electronics and Communication.
- Haritha was motivated by her father since childhood who would often tell her that she could be a collector.
- An avid Malayalam movie buff, Haritha is also trained in Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music.
- She also likes to read Malayalam novels and poetry.
Haritha V Kumar – Previous Attempts
- Haritha gave her first UPSC attempt in 2009. She cleared the IAS Prelims but failed to clear the mains.
- In her second attempt, Haritha secured a rank of 179 making her eligible for the IPS, but she opted for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
- In her third attempt, she secured a rank of 294.
- Before her fourth attempt in 2012, Haritha took a year’s leave from her Indian Revenue Service (IRS) training.
- This paid off as she bagged the top rank gaining entry into her dream service, the IAS, and creating a wonderful UPSC success story.
Haritha’s optional subjects were Economics optional and Malayalam Literature.
IAS Topper Marks
Haritha’s UPSC marks are given in the table below:
|Final total||1193/2300 [51.87%]|
Haritha V Kumar’s 8 Success Mantras for IAS Aspirants
- The success of a UPSC aspirant is directly proportional to the intensity of your desire to become an IAS officer.
- It is essential to stay focused on the goal. This will help UPSC aspirants overcome the hindrances and failures they may face.
- UPSC aspirants should not get discouraged by any reason and must work with commitment and a strong determination.
- The aspirant should divide the UPSC syllabus into several parts and decide how much they would cover each day, instead of studying for a particular number of hours.
- UPSC aspirants should do a lot of writing practice before attempting the Civil services mains examination which is written in nature.
- Aspirants should be a consistent reader of a newspaper. It will help a lot in enhancing the general knowledge and daily current affairs.
- Aspirants should be able to communicate in English very effectively.
- Finally, UPSC aspirants should not allow anything to be a roadblock that averts you from accomplishing your goal. Aspirants have to overcome such obstacles and for that support of family is crucial.
Haritha V Kumar Facts
|Optional Subjects||Economics and Malayalam Literature|
|Age when cleared the IAS Exam||27|
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