IAS Toppers Marks Subject-wise

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 sheet and IAS toppers’ marks in all the subjects in the civil services exam.

List of IAS Toppers in last 5 years:

  1. IAS Topper 2018 – Kanishak Kataria (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1121)
  2. IAS Topper 2017 – Anudeep Durishetty (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1126)
  3. IAS Topper 2016 – Nandini KR (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1120)
  4. IAS Topper 2015 – Tina Dabi (Marks in Mains + Interview = 1063)
  5. 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:

Look at 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
GS1 GS2 GS3 GS4 Essay Opt1 Opl2
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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IAS related queries

  • Who got the highest marks in UPSC ever?
  • Ans. The highest marks scorer in the UPSC exam is 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 marks are required to clear IAS prelims?
  • Ans. The qualifying marks for UPSC Prelims are as follows:
    • UPSC Prelims Paper I: Cut off declared by the UPSC based on Category of the candidate.
    • UPSC Prelims Paper II: 33% or about 66 marks
    • UPSC Prelims cut off marks vary from year to year and may range from 100-125 for General Category to 40-100 for various reserved categories.


  • How to increase my marks substantially in UPSC prelims?
  • Ans. Some strategies to increase marks in prelims are:
    • Keep information sources limited to a few reliable ones instead of reading every UPSC preparation book that comes your way.
    • Practice and evaluate your performance repeatedly to enhance efficiency.
    • Stay focussed and calm during preparation as a panicked or hurried preparation strategy ends up doing more harm.


  • How many hours do IAS toppers study?
  • Ans. 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.


  • How many papers are there in IAS exam?
  • Ans. The IAS exam has the following plan of examination:
    • 2 Prelims papers
    • 9 mains papers
    • 1 interview
    • The total number of papers in the IAS exam is 11, with 7 of them being counted towards ranking UPSC candidates on merit.


  • Are IAS officers allowed to have tattoos?
  • Ans. 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?
  • Ans. 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 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


  • What is the education qualification for IAS?
  • Ans. To become an IAS officer, an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university either through full time education or distance education is the basic requirement. The university must be recognised by the UGC or established by an act of the central or state legislature.


  • Which optional subject is best for IAS?
  • Ans. History has the highest success rate of any optional in the UPSC Mains exam. However, candidates should choose optional subjects according to the following criteria:
    • Subjects they are passionate about
    • Subjects at which they have always been good at
    • Subjects on which study material is easily available.


  • Is world history important for UPSC?
  • Ans. History is a very important part of the UPSC syllabus. World History takes up a crucial portion of the UPSC Mains GS 1 syllabus and should be studied seriously. The questions on world history in UPSC are asked in relation to events which directly or indirectly related to Indian History.

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