Uma Harathi N (AIR - 3) - IAS Topper 2022

Uma Harithi of Telangana bagged the All India Rank 3 in the UPSC 2022 exam. She hails from Huzur Nagar Sitaramnagar Colony, Suryapet, Telangana. Read on to know more about Ishita Kishor’s background, preparation strategy, number of attempts, UPSC optional subjects, etc.

Smrithi Mishra and Mayur Hazarika hold the fourth and fifth rank respectively in the IAS toppers list..

Uma Harathi N IAS Topper 2022 Background

Uma Harath’s father, Nukala Venkateshwarlu, is the Superitnednet of Police in the Naranapet region, while her mother is a homemaker.

She credits her family who stood strong with her during her preparation for the UPSC Civil Services. The optional subject she would choose would be Anthropology. Upon graduation she worked in the corporate sector for 6 months before preparing for the civil service examination.

Educational Background

  • Uma Harithi holds a degree in B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT-Hyderabad
  • She did her school from Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan in Hyderabad

Uma Harathi UPSC Preparation Strategies

  • Understanding the UPSC syllabus is a must. As the syllabus is quite vast, a proper understanding of it is essential to prepare an efficient strategy to ensure productivity.
  • Solve as many UPSC previous year question papers as possible. These papers will give you a good idea about the trends of the exam in the last few years. Apart from this, practicing UPSC mock tests is also a good way of ensuring you are getting acquainted with a wide variety of questions and topics.
  • Aspiring candidates should read NCERTs from classes 6th to 12th as they cover almost all the important concepts one needs to know to prepare well.
  • Choose your optional subject cautiously. As in Uma Harathi’s case, it is easy to choose the wrong subject. Take your time carefully choosing your optional subject.
  • Refer to UPSC online coaching to get a framework on how to prepare and instill much-needed discipline which is essential to crack UPSC exam.
  • Do not fear failure. It is important to stay focused and not let anything impact you. Failure is just another stepping stone toward success
  • Consistency and discipline are key components to ace the civil service exam with flying colors. Also, it is advised to devote a number of hours to the studies as per your capability.
  • She did not focus on the number of hours of study but on quality learning.
  • She made a study schedule but kept her study sources limited and said that during revision time, she did not take up new books or study materials.
  • It is advisable to go through previous years’ UPSC prelims question paper book to get an idea about the nature of the questions asked in the UPSC prelims examinations

A few tips for UPSC exam preparation

  1. Action Plan – Set aside at least one year for CSE preparation and chart out an action plan to start off with your preparation.
  2. Plan meticulously: Always have a realistic and achievable study schedule to follow while preparing for UPSC CSE. Making a planner and keeping track of the goals helps too.
  3. Limit your Study material – Hopping on to different books for exam preparation will only lead you to confusion, hence, pick out a few selected books and materials and try to stick to it as much as you can.
  4. Use Internet for your good – While the internet is an excellent source of information and study material, she also warns students against its overuse as there are plenty of distractions.
  5. Do not panic: It takes some time to gain a rhythm in CSE preparation which works for you. Do not panic, if a concept seems hard and you get stuck, think it through and you will get clarity on how to study that particular concept.
  6. Understand yourself: Understanding your own strengths and weaknesses will help you in focussing your preparation. This focus and understanding will help immensely in optimizing every stage of preparation according to your needs.
  7. Practice: Before you take the actual exam, you should take mock practice tests both for the prelims and the mains. This will help you gain confidence and experience in framing your answers properly.
  8. Stay focused: Preparing for the UPSC exam can be extremely challenging, so keep yourself motivated and stay positive. Always look at the bright side of things and be confident about your ability to crack UPSC CSE 2022
Name Shruti Sharma
Civil Service Exam 2022
All India Rank 3
Number of Attempts 5
Age 28 (As of Attempting UPSC 2022)
Optional Subject Anthropology
Native Telangana
Education Graduation in Economic (Hons)

All it takes is determination, unwavering focus and of course, a smart and guided approach to the IAS exam. Aspirants of UPSC 2023 can go through the following links for assistance in their preparation.

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UPSC Mains Syllabus History Optional Booklist For UPSC Exam



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