Success Story of Arunraj - 34th Rank Holder in IAS Exam

Cracking the UPSC IAS Exam in the very first attempt is the dream of many UPSC aspirants.

It is possible with a judicious mix of hard work and dedication. Here we are giving the story of IAS topper Arunraj who cracked IAS in his first attempt.

He bagged the 34th rank in IAS Exam 2014. Read about how to crack IAS in the first attempt without coaching.

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UPSC Topper Arunraj Background

  • Arunraj hails from Uttar Pradesh.
  • He passed out from IIT Kanpur in 2014. Arunraj did not work as he was fully focused on clearing the IAS exam.
  • He had started his IAS preparation right from his fourth year of college.
  • Even in his school days, he was a brilliant student and had scored almost 95% in class X and close to 92% in class XII. Both times, the board had been CBSE.

Arunraj’s IAS Preparation

  • Arunraj, reportedly, did not join any coaching and prepared on his own. He focused a lot on the NCERT textbooks for UPSC.
  • Relying almost entirely on the NCERTs, he was able to crack the UPSC exam in his very first attempt.
  • If you wish to clear the IAS exam and are confused about how to begin, you can check our IAS coaching modules for guidance.
  • He also attended mock interviews before attending his UPSC interview.
  • His optional subject was Anthropology. For tips and strategy on the anthropology optional, check the linked article.

If you are preparing for UPSC 2021, then check the linked article to align your preparation accordingly.

IAS Booklist recommended by Arunraj:

Subject Books read
History NCERT Class 6th

NCERT Class 7th

NCERT Class 8th

NCERT Class 9th

NCERT Class 10th

Modern India – Bipan Chandra
Indian Culture NIOS
Indian Art & Culture – 11th class
Geography NCERT Class 6th

NCERT Class 7th

NCERT Class 8th

NCERT Class 9th

NCERT Class 10th

NCERT Class 11th Part I

NCERT Class 11th Part II

NCERT Class 12th Part I

NCERT Class 12th Part II

Polity Indian Polity by M Laxmikant
Economics NCERT Class 11th
NCERT Class 12th
Ecology NCERT Biology Class 11th
Science NCERT Science Class 6th

NCERT Science Class 7th

NCERT Science Class 8th

NCERT Science Class 9th

NCERT Science Class 10th

Modern World History ( Mains ) Norman Lowe
Post-Independence History Ramchandra Guha
Politics In India Since Independence NCERT Political Science Class 11th
Other Books 2nd ARC Reports
Punchhi Commission on Center-State Relations
Indian Constitution by Madhav Khosla

Facts about 34th Rank holder Arunraj:

  1. Rank: 34
  2. CSE: 2014
  3. Optional: Anthropology
  4. Attempt: First
  5. Age while clearing the exam: 22

For more IAS success stories without coaching, check out our Get Inspired segment.

Related Links:

UPSC Prelims UPSC Books
UPSC Syllabus UPSC Mains
NCERT Notes for UPSC Exam Monthly Magazine for UPSC Current Affairs
IPS UPSC Exam Pattern

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