IAS Toppers: 2013-2018 UPSC Toppers Names, Ranks, Optionals And Their Success Stories

The UPSC civil services exam is one of the most competitive exams conducted in India. It is attempted by lakhs of candidates every year. However, only a fraction of those come out with flying colours in the end. Clearing this exam gives an entry into the prestigious civil services of the country. As soon as the IAS results are announced, the UPSC toppers gain limelight in the country. The IAS toppers serve as an inspiration to thousands of young people who aspire to become IAS officers.

The results of the 2018 IAS exam were released in April 2019. 759 candidates were recommended to the services this time. The IAS toppers 2018 come from quite different backgrounds. There are engineers, arts graduates, doctors, teachers, etc.

The IAS topper 2018 who secured all India rank 1, Kanishka Kataria scored a total of 1121 marks out of 2025 giving him a percentage of 55.36%. The second ranker Akshat Jain secured 53.33% while third rank-holder Junaid Ahmad scored 53.18%.

Check out the total marks of the UPSC toppers 2018 and also download the UPSC Marksheet 2018 here.

UPSC Toppers

UPSC Examination takes place in three stages:

  1. Preliminary
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

To understand the IAS Exam better, Candidates may also check the linked article.

In this article, UPSC aspirants can follow IAS toppers list of various years and align their preparations to reach the mark set up by these UPSC toppers.

Find below the names of top three UPSC toppers of various years:

UPSC Toppers

(Year)

IAS Topper Rank 1

IAS Topper Rank 2

IAS Topper Rank 3

UPSC Toppers 2018

Kanishka Kataria

Akshat Jain

Junaid Ahmad

UPSC Toppers 2017

Anudeep Durishetty

Anu Kumari

Sachin Gupta

UPSC Toppers 2016

Nandini K R

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi

Gopalakrishna Ronanki

UPSC Toppers 2015

Tina Dabi

Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan

Jasmeet Singh Sandhu

UPSC Toppers 2014

Ira Singhal

Renu Raj

Nidhi Gupta

UPSC Toppers 2013

Gaurav Agrawal

Munish Sharma

Rachit Raj

Aspirants can read more IAS Success Stories at the linked article.

IAS Toppers List

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the final list of UPSC toppers who clear the IAS exam in the month of April/May.

IAS Toppers List (AIR:1)

  1. IAS Topper 2018 – Kanishka Kataria
  2. IAS Topper 2017 – Anudeep Durishetty
  3. IAS Topper 2016 – Nandini K.R.
  4. IAS Topper 2015 – Tina Dabi
  5. IAS Topper 2014 – Ira Singhal

The Year-Wise UPSC toppers details are given below:

IAS Toppers 2018

UPSC 2018 Mains were held from 28 September 2018 to 07 October 2018. The UPSC Interview rounds commenced on 11 February 2019 and were concluded on 29 March 2019. The IAS 2018 result was announced on 05 April 2019.

Aspirants can check IAS Toppers List of 2018 below:

IAS Toppers 2018

S.No

Roll Number

UPSC Toppers Name

1133664

Kanishka Kataria

2.

1104407

Akshat Jain

3.

0863589

Junaid Ahmad

4.

0856837

Shreyansh Kumat

5.

0404032

Shruti Jayant Deshmukh

6.

1705594

Shubham Gupta

7.

6314286

Karnati Varunreddy

8.

6413775

Vaishali Singh

9.

2630204

Gunjan Dwivedi

10.

0879888

Tanmay Vashishta Sharma

11.

0804005

Pujya Priyadarshini

12.

0852762

Namrata Jain

13.

7700978

Varnit Negi

14.

0860706

Ankita Choudhary

15.

5202813

Atirag Chaplot

16.

6610836

Dhodmise Trupati Ankush

17.

0309781

Rahul Sharanappa Sankanur

18.

0815221

Rishita Gupta

19.

3511797

Harpreet Singh

20.

0817096

Chitra Mishra

21.

7810279

Rahul Jain

22.

0887796

Deeksha Jain

23.

1225007

Rishabh C A

24.

2617099

Anuraj Jain

25.

6609091

Gondane Vaibhav Sunil

26.

0812456

Himanshu Nagpal

27.

0808475

Salonki Khemka

28.

6307513

Kajal Jawla

29.

1913742

Shreelakshmi R

30.

1028758

Saumya Gururani

31.

6401103

Mainak Ghosh

32.

5808674

Sameer Sourabh

33.

0852586

Awhale Manish Manikrao

34.

0868106

Ankit

35.

0855899

Minal Karanwal

36.

6408159

Deepesh Khedia

Check our Get Inspired page for more articles on IAS Toppers.

The list of IAS toppers 2018 with their optional subjects is given below:

Rank

UPSC Toppers Name

Optional Subject

1

Kanishka Kataria

Mathematics

2

Akshat Jain

Anthropology

3

Junaid Ahmad

Geography

4

Shreyans Kumat

Anthropology

5

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

Sociology

6

Shubham Gupta

Law

7

Karnati Varun Reddy

Mathematics

8

Vaishali Singh

Law

9

Gunjan Dwivedi

Political Science

10

Tanmay Vashistha Sharma

Mathematics

Mathematics features thrice in the list above. Know more about the mathematics optional from another UPSC topper who had maths as the optional. In the linked article, Utsav Kaushal shares his strategy for the mathematics optional.

Aspirants can check the next table containing the links to the biographies of the IAS Toppers 2018:

IAS Toppers 2017

UPSC 2017 Mains were held from 28 October 2017 to 03 November 2017. The UPSC Interview rounds commenced on 19 February 2018 and were concluded on 25 April 2019. The IAS 2017 result was announced on 21 December 2018.

Aspirants can check IAS Toppers List 2017 below:

IAS Toppers 2017

Rank

UPSC Toppers Name

Optional

1

Anudeep Durishetty

Anthropology

2

Anu Kumari

Sociology

3

Sachin Gupta

Anthropology

4

Atul Prakash

Mathematics

5

Pratham Kaushik

Geography

6

Koya Sree Harsha

Anthropology

7

Ayush Sinha

Geography

8

Anubhav Singh

Mathematics

9

Saumya Sharma

Law

10

Abhishek Surana

Physics

In 2017, the score secured by the rank one holder was 1126 marks. You can download the 2017 UPSC Marksheet from here.

Also check the marks obtained by Top 10 toppers of IAS 2017 exam in the table:

IAS Toppers 2017

UPSC Toppers Rank

Roll Number

UPSC Toppers Name

Comm

PH_CAT

Written Test

Personality Test

Total

0156266

Durishetty Anudeep

3

0

950

176

1126

2.

0048547

Anu Kumari

4

0

937

187

1124

3.

0587709

Sachin Gupta

4

0

946

176

1122

4.

0165049

Atul Prakash

4

0

929

190

1119

5.

0001574

Pratham Kaushik

4

0

974

143

1117

6.

0022544

Koya Sree Harsha

4

0

962

154

1116

7.

0122050

Ayush Sinha

4

0

964

151

1115

8.

0464321

Anubhav singh

3

0

945

165

110

9.

0003674

Saumya Sharma

4

0

943

165

1108

10.

0022697

Abhishek Surana

4

0

932

173

1105

Candidates become IAS toppers by using some time-tested techniques and tips in their IAS preparation. In the next table, we have compiled tips and strategies of a few UPSC toppers for IAS aspirants to take a cue from.

For a detailed list of the IAS toppers, click on the link UPSC Toppers 2017.

IAS Toppers 2016

UPSC 2016 Mains were held from 03 December 2016 to 09 December 2016. The UPSC Interview rounds commenced on 20 March 2017. The UPSC IAS 2016 result was announced on 01 June 2017.

See the list of UPSC IAS Toppers 2016 below along with their optional subjects.

IAS Toppers 2016

Rank

UPSC Toppers Name

Optional

1

Nandini K R

Kannada Literature

2

Anmol Sher Singh Bedi

Political Science

3

Gopalakrishna Ronanki

Telugu Literature

4

Saumya Pandey

Geography

5

Abhilash Mishra

Public Administration

6

Kothamasu Dinesh Kumar

Political Science

7

Anand Vardhan

Political Science

8

Shweta Chauhan

Geography

9

Suman Sourav Mohanty

Public Administration

10

Bilal Mohi Ud Din Bhat

Veterinary Science

Did you know that even not-so-popular subjects such as Botany can fetch you a high score if you have a good interest and knowledge in it? Read the story of UPSC topper Dibya Jyoti Parida, who secured an amazing rank of 26 in the CSE 2015 with Botany optional.

For a detailed list of the IAS toppers 2016, click on the link:- UPSC Toppers 2016.

Reading the success stories of UPSC toppers can surely inspire and propel you to work towards realising your goals. Anybody can clear the IAS, provided they put in the right effort in the right direction. Even without a fancy education, and the comforts that money can buy, one can achieve UPSC success. The heartwarming story of Muhammad Ali Shihab is testimony to it.

IAS Toppers 2015

UPSC 2015 Mains were held from 08 December 2015 to 23 December 2015. The UPSC Interview rounds commenced on 08 March 2016. The UPSC IAS 2015 result was announced on 10 May 2016.

See the list of UPSC Toppers 2015 below along with their optional subjects:

IAS Toppers 2015

Rank

UPSC Toppers Name

Optional Subject

1

Tina Dabi

Political Science

2

Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan

Philosophy

3

Jasmeet Singh Sandhu

Punjabi Literature

4

Artika Shukla

Medical Science

5

Shashank Tripathi

Sanskrit

6

Ashish Tiwari

Public Administration

7

Sharanya Ari

Sociology

8

Yogesh Kumbhejkar

Mathematics

9

Karn Satyarthi

Political Science

10

Anupam Shukla

Physics

11

Anurag Chander Sharma

Sociology

12

Ashish Sangwan

Mathematics

13

Siddharth Jain

Mathematics

14

Kirthi Chekuri

Anthropology

15

Pratap Singh

Mathematics

16

Shrikrishnanath B Panchal

Medical Science

17

Amit Pal

Punjabi Literature

18

Anshul Gupta

History

19

Sweta Agarwal

Sociology

20

Vipin Garg

Medical Science

To read more on IAS Toppers 2015, check the linked article.

IAS Toppers 2014

UPSC IAS 2014 Mains were held from 14 December 2014 to 20 December 2014. The UPSC IAS 2014 result was announced on 04 July 2015.

See the list of UPSC IAS Toppers 2014 below along with their optional subjects:

IAS Toppers 2014

Rank

UPSC Toppers Name

Optional Subject

1

Ira Singhal

Geography

2

Renu Raj

Malayalam Literature

3

Nidhi Gupta

Physics

4

Vandana Rao

Sociology

5

Suharsha Bhagat

Geography

6

Charusree Thiagarajan

Geography

7

Lok Bandhu Yadav

Sociology

8

Nitish K

Mathematics

9

Ashish Kumar

Electrical Engineering

10

Arvind Singh

Sociology

11

Sanskriti Jain

Philosophy

12

Neelabh Saxena

Electrical Engineering

13

Nishant Jain

Hindi Literature

14

Saketa Raja Musinipally

Law

15

Abhijeet Kaplish

Sociology

16

Ananya Das

Political Science

17

Ajay Kumar Dwivedi

18

C M Saikanth Varma

Mathematics

19

Aditya Uppal

Geography

20

Aman Mittal

Electrical Engineering

To read more on IAS Toppers 2014, check the linked article.

IAS Toppers 2013

UPSC IAS 2013 Mains were held from 01 December 2013 to 05 December 2013. The UPSC IAS 2013 result was announced on 12 June 2014.

See the list of UPSC IAS Toppers 2013 below along with their optional subjects:

IAS Toppers 2013

Rank

UPSC Toppers Name

Optional Subject

Service Opted

1

Gaurav Agrawal

Economics

IAS

2

Munish Sharma

Law

IAS

3

Rachit Raj

Zoology

IAS

4

Akshay Tripathi

Mechanical Engineering

IAS

5

Bharti Dixit

Medical Science

IAS

6

Sakshi Sawhney

Law

IAS

7

Chanchal Rana

Geography

IAS

8

Johny Tom Varghese

Sociology

IAS

9

Divyanshu Jha

Physics

IAS

10

Medha Roopam

Psychology

IAS

11

Shubham Chaudhary

Economics

IAS

12

Neha jain

Sociology

IAS

13

Avi Prasad

Law

IAS

14

Vipin Vithoba Itankar

Medical Science

IAS

15

Ashish Vashishth

Civil Engineering

IAS

16

Chinmayee Gopal

Economics

IAS

17

Faiz Aq Ahmed Mumtaz

History

IAS

18

Roman Saini

Medical Science

IAS

19

Komal Mittal

Commerce & Accountancy

IAS

20

Saket Malviya

Economics

IAS

21

Prashasti Pareek

Geography

IAS

22

Sheetla Patle

Philosophy

IAS

23

Prabhav Joshi

Psychology

IAS

24

Neha Yadav

Sociology

IFS

25

Gurudatta Hegde

Kannada Literature

IAS

To read more on IAS Toppers 2013, check the linked article.

Did you know?

The average age of UPSC toppers is about 26 years. Read more about the average age of UPSC toppers in the linked article.

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