UPSC Success Story of Tina Dabi [AIR 1, UPSC 2015]

In the 2015 UPSC exam, the first rank went to Delhi-girl Tina Dabi. This was Tina’s first attempt, and she was only 22 when she cracked the IAS exam.

In this article, you can read more about IAS topper Tina Dabi’s success strategy for UPSC, optional subject and also get her IAS preparation time table.

Tina Dabi IAS

IAS Topper Tina Dabi – Background

  • Dabi grew up in Bhopal and Delhi, although her father is from Madhya Pradesh and mother, from Maharashtra.
  • Her father is an officer in the Indian Telecom Service and her mother had taken voluntary retirement from the Indian Engineering Services (IES).
  • She completed her schooling from Carmel Convent School in Bhopal and finished her university education from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi. She had pursued a degree in Political Science.
  • Dabi takes an avid interest in Madhubani paintings and reading fiction.
  • This was Dabi’s first attempt at the civil services exam.

For similar UPSC Success stories, check at the linked article.

Tina Dabi UPSC Optional Subject

Tina Dabi had opted for Political Science and International Affairs as her optional for the UPSC mains exam

For more information on the political science optional, click on the linked article.

Check out the following table for political science optional tips by UPSC toppers:

Mirant Parikh [AIR 67, CSE 2016] Anand Vardhan [AIR 7, CSE 2016]

Tina Dabi Civil Services Exam Preparation Timetable

Time What to do
7:00 AM Wake up and freshen up
7:30 AM Newspaper time
8:30 AM Slot 1 of studies
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Current Affairs time
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch time
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Break/leisure
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Slot 2 of studies
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Revision time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner time
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Slot 3 of studies
11:00 PM – 12:00 AM Break/leisure
12:00 AM Sleep

Dabi suggests the following usages of the slots mentioned in the table above.

  1. Slot 1: Big topics (early morning, more energy and focus)
  2. Slot 2: Medium length topics as this is only for 2 hours
  3. Slot 3: Revision of topics studied previously. Dabi recommends revision of topics at least three times.

Tina Dabi Facts

Rank: 1

CSE: 2015

Native State: Delhi

Attempt: First

Optional Subject: Political Science

Age when cleared the exam: 22

For more such UPSC success stories for inspiration and motivation, you can check out our segment which posts articles on IAS toppers, Get Inspired.

Related Links:

UPSC Books Current Affairs Quiz
Success Rate of Optional Subjects in UPSC Exam UPSC Mains Syllabus
NCERT Notes for UPSC Exam Monthly Magazine for UPSC Current Affairs
UPSC Calendar 2023 IAS Eligibility


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