Which State Gives The Highest Numbers Of Civil Services Success?

“Delhi is the mecca of IAS coaching.” This is an oft-heard line in IAS coaching circles. Delhi is the place where most IAS aspirants go to. Lakhs of candidates go to Delhi for their IAS coaching and turn out successful as well. For reasons like many coaching institutes, easy availability of good study material and notes, etc., Delhi is the preferred choice for most aspirants. Of course, these days, with the advent and sweeping reach of the internet, many successful aspirants are those who stayed in their home states only.

State/UT/Institute No. of Candidates Interviewed No. of Candidates Selected
Delhi 11738 1498
Uttar Pradesh 21984 998
University of Delhi 6436 743
Maharashtra 5506 724
Tamil Nadu 5148 721
Rajasthan 6211 574
IIT 3398 519
Karnataka 2411 513
JNU 3317 496
Andhra Pradesh 3413 374
Punjab 2443 365
Kerala 1203 196
Madhya Pradesh 2165 179
Bihar 3204 166
Uttarakhand 1460 158
Haryana 1541 148
West Bengal 1035 137
Gujarat 665 122
Jharkhand 1181 81
Jammu & Kashmir 312 57
Odisha 450 41
Chandigarh 751 37
Chhattisgarh 170 37
Himachal Pradesh 371 32
Assam 200 30
Pondicherry 138 29
Meghalaya 169 8
Manipur 49 8
Sikkim 43 7
Nagaland 9 2
Goa 2 1

As you can see from the above table, the maximum number of selected candidates (total number from 2002 to 2012) is from the state of Delhi. Also, institutes in Delhi like Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), DU (University of Delhi) and IIT-Delhi send a lot of candidates to the UPSC.

Uttar Pradesh sent the maximum number of candidates to the interview level. This could be because it is the most populous state in India. Also, traditionally a lot of people aspire to be IAS officers from this state. In terms of selected candidates, UP is second in place next to Delhi.

Despite its relatively smaller population (compared to states), Delhi bagged the first place showing that a lot of aspirants travel to Delhi to try their hand at the UPSC civil services. Whatever the figures say, the decision to move out of your home town is a personal one and ought to be well-thought out by the aspirant.

States’ Performance in 2011-2015 – UPSC CSE

The UPSC CSE exam is held annually to recruit for Group A and Group B posts in the Indian government. Out of the 22 services, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is perhaps the most prestigious service. Let’s see how the states fare in producing IAS officers.

State No of selected IAS Officers during 2011-2015
Uttar Pradesh 118
Rajasthan 97
Tamil Nadu 90
Bihar 68
Andhra Pradesh 61
Maharashtra 58
Kerala 54
Harayana 51
Delhi 49
Karnataka 37
Madhya Pradesh 17
West Bengal 7

UP continues to be on top, however, the arid state of Rajasthan is surprisingly second in the whole country when it comes to producing IAS officers. The NCT of Delhi also demonstrates good numbers while much larger states like MP, Karnataka and West Bengal lag behind.

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