Know the Youngest IAS Officers in India

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“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” – Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre


The words above from the celebrated work, Jane Eyre clearly tramples the perceived superiority of age. Youth is not an epitome for ignorance and arrogance. If a talented young cricketer can ignite his career at the tender age of 16, so can a hardworking and dedicated IAS officer, at the age of 21 – an age when most people would still be clueless about where their life is going. We bring you 5 such youngsters who cleared the IAS exams at an age when most people would be thinking of starting their IAS preparation.


The top five young IAS officers in India – aspirants who made their IAS dream fructify at a young age.


  1. Ansar Ahmed Sheikh

A true rags to riches story. Sheikh became an IAS officer by clearing the UPSC exams at just 21! Son of an auto rickshaw driver, he beat many odds to achieve his dream goal. Sheikh had to overcome poverty, a rural background and a family scenario not particularly conducive to education. Read his inspiring story here.

How Ansar Shaikh put Roman Saini behind to became the youngest IAS officer at 21 Years

  1. Roman Saini

A name most familiar to IAS aspirants. In his first attempt, Saini became an IAS topper with AIR 18. He was previously an Assistant Collector in Madhya Pradesh before resigning to focus on his educational pursuits.

  1. Tina Dabi

Dabi bagged the prestigious all India rank of 1 in her very first attempt at the age of 22. She credits her success to hard work and planning.

  1. Gaurav Goyal

Goyal became an IAS officer at the age of 22 in 2006. He was posted in Barmer district of Rajasthan and won many prizes for his work there. Considered one of the best performing young IAS officers in the country, he is known for his efforts in sincerely doing his duty.

  1. Amrutesh Aurangabadkar

Another topper, Aurangabadkar bagged AIR 10 in his first attempt in the year 2011. He was also the youngest IAS officer in the state of Maharashtra at that time. A native of Pune, he maintains he expected to clear the UPSC exams but didn’t expect such a high rank!

6. S Susree

Susree, a native of Kollam in Kerala became the youngest person to clear the IAS exam in 2017. She bagged the 151st rank in the civil services exam. Only 23 years of age, Susree cleared the exam right in her maiden attempt and without any formal coaching.


Age when cleared




Ansar Ahmed Sheikh





Roman Saini





Tina Dabi





Gaurav Goyal





Amrutesh Aurangabadkar






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