The Civil Services Exam is considered the toughest competitive exam in India. The key strategy to crack the IAS Exam is persistent and constant hard work.
In 2010, T.V. Anupama did the whole of Kerala proud by becoming a UPSC topper, securing All India Rank 4 in the Civil Services Examination.
She had a meticulously defined strategy to achieve her dream of becoming an IAS officer.
IAS Topper Story – Anupama Background
- T.V. Anupama hails from Malappuram district in Kerala.
- The immense trust in her capability and the support from family helped her to stay focused to achieve her goal and create this wonderful UPSC success story.
- She did her schooling from Vijayamatha Convent High School, Ponnani, and St. Clair’s Higher Secondary School.
- She joined BITS Pilani’s Goa campus for BE (Hons) in Electronics Engineering.
- During her vacation time during graduation, she used to attend Malayalam optional classes conducted in Pala.
- After finishing her graduation she started preparing for the UPSC IAS Exam.
UPSC Toppers Strategy: T.V Anupama
- Anupama’s UPSC exam preparation was focused and intensive.
- Initially, she started preparing for UPSC Mains exam because that is where an aspirant needs to strengthen their concepts.
- She used to devote 13 to 16 hours a day with books and relevant magazines.
- She slept for six hours without disruption and used to take a 10- or 15-minute rest during studies.
- She relied on several magazines, The Times of India and The Hindu for preparing for the general studies paper for UPSC Mains Exam.
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UPSC Topper’s Tips
- Aspirants should never opt for an optional subject without an interest in it. Get tips on how to select an optional subject for the IAS mains exam here.
- Constant motivation is an essential element of success.
- Aspirants should not mug up everything for IAS Prelims. Aspirant’s preparation for the UPSC IAS Mains Exam will automatically help them in the Prelims.
- Knowing facts is not just enough for the IAS Examination. Aspirants must read the comments, opinions, and analyses which will help them in answer writing.
- Aspirants should read the newspaper and focus on editorial, national events, economy, environment, International affairs, and science and technology, for the daily current affairs.
T V Anupama Facts
Optional: Malayalam Literature
Native State: Kerala
Age when cleared the exam: 26
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