The UPSC civil services exam, considered one of the toughest exams in the country, is attempted by lakhs of people every year. Out of them, only a tiny fraction emerge successful after the long-drawn process concludes. The IAS exam is so rigorous that the toppers generally create much curiosity every year. Aspirants are eager to know the toppers’ preparation strategies, their booklists, their optional subjects and of course, their marks in the various subjects. In this article, we bring you IAS topper’s marks in all the subjects in the civil services exam.
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List of IAS Toppers in last 5 years:
- IAS Topper 2018 – Kanishak Kataria (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1121)
- IAS Topper 2017 – Anudeep Durishetty (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1126)
- IAS Topper 2016 – Nandini KR (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1120)
- IAS Topper 2015 – Tina Dabi (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1063)
- IAS Topper 2014 – Ira Singhal (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1082)
IAS Toppers 2018:
- AIR- 1 Kanishak Kataria (Final Total – 1121/2025, 55.36%)
- AIR- 2 Akshat Jain (Final Total – 1080/2025, 53.33%)
- AIR-3 Junaid Ahmed (Final Total – 1077/2025, 53.18%)
Marks of IAS toppers across the years:
Check the following comprehensive table that gives the IAS topper list with marks of candidates from various years. You can also know the optional subject of the candidates.
|Year||Name, Rank||Optional||Mains||PT||Final Total|
|2018||Kanishak Kataria, 1||Mathematics||98||117||117||116||133||170||191||179||1121|
|2017||Anudeep Durishetty, 1||Anthropology||123||123||136||95||155||171||147||176||1126|
|2016||Nandini KR, 1||Kannada Lit.||131||103||116||104||142||164||167||193||1120|
|2015||Tina Dabi, 1||Political Science||119||84||111||110||145||128||171||195||1063|
|2014||Ira Singhal, 1||Geography||103||122||95||130||160||168||137||162||1082|
|2013||Gaurav Agarwal, 1||Economics||85||63||88||102||135||134||162||206||975|
|2015||Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan, 2||Philosophy||125||89||118||88||147||134||124||193||1018|
|2015||Jasmeet Singh Sandhu, 3||Punjabi Lit.||120||100||111||109||139||120||125||190||1014|
|2015||Artika Shukla, 4||Medical Science||88||96||112||106||139||144||142||173||1000|
|2015||Shashank Tripathi, 5||Sanskrit||113||83||108||103||130||150||137||172||996|
|2016||Saumya Pandey, 4||Geography||103||108||112||124||150||156||158||184||1095|
|2016||Abhilash Mishra, 5||Public Administration||93||82||80||103||106||110||139||193||901|
|2014||Renu Raj, 2||Malayalam Lit.||103||92||82||114||148||147||172||198||1056|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who got the highest marks in UPSC ever?
The highest marks ever scored in the UPSC exam were by Anudeep Durishetty, the topper for UPSC 2017. He scored 1126 (55.60%) out of 2025 marks. He scored 950 out of 1750 marks in Mains and 176 out of 275 in the personality test (UPSC Interview). The 2018 IAS Topper came close with 1120 marks.
How many hours do IAS toppers study?
IAS toppers study between 4-16 hours a day depending on their preparation strategy. However, studying efficiently and focussing on one area of preparation at a time, some toppers have managed to top the UPSC exam by studying as low as 3 hours a day. The key to their success is understanding the Syllabus of UPSC and the IAS exam pattern and studying according to the structure of the UPSC exam.
Are IAS officers allowed to have tattoos?
Tattoos are allowed in the IAS as long as they are inoffensive and inconspicuous. Tribal tattoos are allowed for candidates belonging to scheduled tribes with a tradition of displaying tattoos. Though information on tattoo policy in the DoPT is hard to find online, different departments who absorb successful candidates from the UPSC exam have their own rules. Tattoos are heavily restricted in most government services and aspirants should check their target department’s rules regarding the same.
What is the last rank for IAS?
The last rank which secured an IAS officer position in UPSC 2017 was 104 in the general category. The last rank in general category with disability to land the IAS officer role was 981. The last rank for IAS in OBC was 517, SC 629 and SC with disability was 689. The ST candidate who secured IAS with the last rank was ranked 594.