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Rahul Sharma (AIR 76, CSE 2016) - UPSC Success Story

“Stay focused on your goal and do not get deviated.” – Rahul Sharma, AIR 76, CSE 2016

Rahul Sharma, a 26-year-old engineer from Punjab cleared the UPSC civil services exam 2016 and secured a commendable all India rank of 76.

In the previous two attempts, he had not even cleared the UPSC prelims.

But UPSC topper Rahul Sharma would not give up and persisted, and the results are for all to see.

This was Sharma’s third attempt in the civil services exam.

Read his amazing IAS success story here.

IAS Topper Story

  • Son of educators, the civil services was not Sharma’s childhood desire. He got the idea only during the final year of his engineering. Read how to prepare IAS while doing engineering.
  • For him, the impact that the civil services profession can have on the lives of citizens was a motivating factor that propelled him towards the IAS.
  • He believes that there is something to learn from every phase of life. He says that engineering helped him to work smart and his job experience helped him become more professional.
  • Sharma completed his engineering degree in Electronics (Instrumentation and Control) from Thapar University, Patiala before working with IBM, Noida for one year.
  • He had completed his schooling from DAV Public School, Amritsar.

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  • Sharma’s father, Mr PK Sharma is the Principal of Hindu College, Amritsar and his mother is a lecturer at a government school.
  • Even when he resigned from his job to focus on UPSC exam preparation full time, he received unwavering support from his parents.
  • He says, “My parents unconditionally supported my decision of leaving the job and respected my dream to become a bureaucrat.”

Sharma had opted for political science and international relations as his optional subject. To know more about the political science optional, click on the linked article.

It is very important to select the right optional because it accounts for 500 marks in the final tally. Check out how to select the correct optional for IAS mains here.

IAS Topper Tips

  • When preparing for the exam, don’t focus on the number of hours studied, but on the quality of studies.
  • Make short notes of everything you study. This will help during revision.
  • Learn the UPSC Syllabus first and then revise multiple times.
  • To figure out what is important from the newspapers, learn the UPSC syllabus first, and then go over the past UPSC question papers. Only then will you get a good idea of what is UPSC exam-relevant in the newspapers.
  • Go through important government reports.
  • It is essential to practice essay writing for IAS mains exam.
  • Practising answer writing for IAS exam is very important.

Rahul Sharma facts

  • Rank: 76
  • CSE: 2016
  • Age when cleared: 26
  • Attempt: Third
  • Optional: Political Science & International Relations
  • Education: Engineering

Candidates can find the general pattern of the UPSC Exams by visiting the UPSC Syllabus page. For more articles and exam-related preparation materials, refer to the links given in the table below:

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