List of IAS Toppers with their Optional Subjects

The UPSC Civil Services Examination is one of the most popular government examinations in the country. It is the most sought after career option because of the prestige and power one gets after clearing IAS Exam.

The exam-pattern of civil services examination is such that the IAS exam is divided into three stages- Prelims, Mains & Interview. The optional subject comes into the picture in UPSC Mains stage which has in total 9 papers (essay type.) The importance of deciding an apt optional subject for yourself can be realized from a fact that the marks of optional subject paper-I & paper-II play a pivotal role deciding your chance to sit for IAS Personality Test and further get a good rank.

This article mentions a list of IAS toppers and their optional subjects that can help you analyse the success-rate in UPSC exam with a particular optional subject.

IAS Toppers & Their Optional Subjects

From 2011, you have to choose only one optional as opposed to the two optional subjects you had to previously. Since there are two optional subject papers, you have to make a wise decision considering various factors.

The UPSC offers 48 optional subjects out of which you must choose one. IAS aspirants can check the List of UPSC Optional Subjects in the linked article.

You have to consider various things like your academic background, interests, liking for a subject, current knowledge levels, and other external factors such as popularity, scoring subject or not, optional subject of IAS toppers, etc. The details of IAS Toppers with their success stories can also be referred to in the linked article.

The table below presents the list of IAS candidates who secured rank-1 in the civil services examination. Their optional subjects are given too below:


IAS Topper’s Name

UPSC Mains Optional Subject

2018 Kanishka Kataria Mathematics
2017 Anudeep Durishetty Anthropology
2016 Nandini K R Kannada Literature
2015 Tina Dabi Political Science
2014 Ira Singhal Geography
2013 Gaurav Agarwal Economics
2012 Haritha V Kumar Economics & Malayalam Literature
2011 Shena Aggarwal Psychology
2010 S Divyadharshini Public Administration & Law
2009 Shah Faesal Public Administration & Urdu Literature
2008 Shubhra Saxena Psychology & Public Administration
2007 Adapa Karthik Zoology & Psychology
2006 Mutyalaraju Revu Electrical Engineering & Maths
2005 Mona Pruthi English Literature & Sociology
2004 S Nagarajan Geography & Sociology
2003 Roopa Mishra Psychology & Public Administration
2002 Ankur Garg Physics & Chemistry
2001 Alok Ranjan Jha Geography
2000 Vijaylakshmi Bidari Kannada Literature
1999 Sorabh Babu Maths & Mechanical Engineering
1998 Bhawna Garg Maths & Chemistry
1997 Devesh Kumar Chemistry & Geography
1996 Sunil Kumar Barnwal Physics & Maths
1995 Iqbal Dhaliwal Economics & Public Administration
1994 Srivatsa Krishna Public Administration & Psychology
1991 Raju Narayana Swamy Medicine & Malayalam Literature

It is not easy to bag the first rank in such a tough and competitive exam like the IAS. Candidates are interested to know toppers’ tips and strategies they employed that helped them clear the civil services exam. UPSC candidates may refer to UPSC Toppers’ Tips to Crack IAS Exam in the linked article.

Year-Wise List of IAS Toppers with their Optional Subjects

The aspirants can check the names of UPSC toppers from the year 2013 to 2018 and can also check their optional subject which they opted while they took the Civil Services Exam.

IAS Toppers 2013

Rank Name Optional Subject
1 Gaurav Agrawal Economics
2 Munish Sharma Law
3 Rachit Raj Zoology
4 Akshay Tripathi Mechanical Engineering
5 Bharti Dixit Medical Science

IAS Toppers 2014

Rank Name Optional Subject
1 Ira Singhal Geography
2 Renu Raj Malayalam Literature
3 Nidhi Gupta Physics
4 Vandana Rao Sociology
5 Suharsha Bhagat Geography

To secure a good rank in the civil services examination, a candidate has to focus on the IAS Current Affairs which he/she can refer to in the article linked.

IAS Toppers 2015

Rank 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

All the candidates aspiring to clear the exam next year must check UPSC 2020 article linked.

IAS Toppers 2016

Rank Name Optional Subject
1 Nandini K R Kannada Literature
2 Anmol Sher Singh Bedi Political Science & IR
3 Gopalakrishna Ronanki Telugu Literature
4 Saumya Pandey Geography
5 Abhilash Mishra Public Administration

IAS Toppers 2017

Rank Name Optional Subject
1 Durishetty Anudeep Anthropology
2 Anu Kumari Sociology
3 Sachin Gupta Anthropology
4 Atul Prakash Mathematics
5 Pratham Kaushik Geography

IAS Toppers 2018

Rank Name Optional Subject
1 Kanishka Kataria Mathematics
2 Akshat Jain Anthropology
3 Junaid Ahmad Geography
4 Shreyans Kumar Anthropology
5 Srushti Jayant Deshmukh Sociology

You may also check the table below that mentions relevant articles about UPSC IAS Preparation:

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