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
|2016||Nandini K R||Kannada Literature|
|2015||Tina Dabi||Political Science|
|2012||Haritha V Kumar||Economics & Malayalam Literature|
|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
|4||Akshay Tripathi||Mechanical Engineering|
|5||Bharti Dixit||Medical Science|
IAS Toppers 2014
|2||Renu Raj||Malayalam Literature|
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
|1||Tina Dabi||Political Science|
|2||Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan||Philosophy|
|3||Jasmeet Singh Sandhu||Punjabi Literature|
|4||Artika Shukla||Medical Science|
All the candidates aspiring to clear the exam next year must check UPSC 2020 article linked.
IAS Toppers 2016
|1||Nandini K R||Kannada Literature|
|2||Anmol Sher Singh Bedi||Political Science & IR|
|3||Gopalakrishna Ronanki||Telugu Literature|
|5||Abhilash Mishra||Public Administration|
IAS Toppers 2017
IAS Toppers 2018
|5||Srushti Jayant Deshmukh||Sociology|
You may also check the table below that mentions relevant articles about UPSC IAS Preparation: