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 attached to it. As you would be aware, you have to choose an optional subject for the IAS mains exam which you can take if you clear the UPSC prelims and get the required cut off. From 2011, you have to choose only one optional as opposed to the two optional subjects you had to previously. Choosing an optional is a dicey affair with many a candidate pondering over days to pick one subject. Since there are two optional subject papers, you have to make a wise decision considering various factors. In this article, you can read about the IAS toppers and their optional subjects. When you closely look at the IAS topper list year wise, you can see a similarity in IAS toppers optional subject.

Check out the list of optional subjects offered by the UPSC.

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. Going through the optional subjects chosen by IAS toppers can give you a few insights while deciding on your choice of optional subject.

We bring you a list of IAS toppers with their optional subjects for your reference:

         

Year

Topper Name (AIR 1)

Optional Subjects

Home State

Service Opted

2017

Anudeep Durishetty

Anthropology

Telangana

IAS

2016

Nandini K R

Kannada Literature

Karnataka

IAS

2015

Tina Dabi

Political Science

Delhi

IAS

2014

Ira Singhal          

Geography

Delhi

IAS

2014

Gaurav Agarwal

Economics

Rajasthan

IAS

2012

Haritha V Kumar

Economics & Malayalam Literature

Kerala

IAS

2011

Shena Aggarwal

Psychology

Haryana

IAS

2010

S Divyadharshini

Public Administration & Law

Tamil Nadu

IAS

2009

Shah Faesal

Public Administration & Urdu Literature

Jammu & Kashmir

IAS

2008

Shubhra Saxena

Psychology & Public Administration

Uttar Pradesh

IAS

2007

Adapa Karthik

Zoology & Psychology

Telangana

IAS

2006

Mutyalaraju Revu

Electrical Engineering & Maths

Andhra Pradesh

IAS

2005

Mona Pruthi

English Literature & Sociology

Haryana

IAS

2004

S Nagarajan

Geography & Sociology

Tamil Nadu

IAS

2003

Roopa Mishra

Psychology & Public Administration

Odisha

IAS

2002

Ankur Garg

Physics & Chemistry

Punjab

IAS

2001

Alok Ranjan Jha

Geography

Bihar

IFS

2000

Vijaylakshmi Bidari

Kannada Literature

Karnataka

IAS

1999

Sorabh Babu

Maths & Mechanical Engineering

Uttar Pradesh

IAS

1998

Bhawna Garg

Maths & Chemistry

Punjab

IAS

1997

Devesh Kumar

Chemistry & Geography

Bihar

IAS

1996

Sunil Kumar Barnwal

Physics & Maths

Jharkhand

IAS

1995

Iqbal Dhaliwal

Economics & Public Administration

Tamil Nadu

IAS

1994

Srivatsa Krishna

Public Administration & Psychology

Karnataka

IAS

1991

Raju Narayana Swamy

Medicine & Malayalam Literature

Kerala

IAS

Also See | Ira Singhal: A Success Story in UPSC Civil Services

The list of optional subjects of a few other IAS toppers (AIR other than 1) :

Topper Name

Rank

Year

Optional Subjects

Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan

 

2

2015

Philosophy

Roman Saini

18

2013

Medical Science

Amrutesh Aurangabadkar

10

2011

Sociology & Philosophy

Artika Shukla

4

2015

Medical Science

Bharti Dixit

5

2013

Medical Science

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