[Toppers] Akshat Jain Strategy, Booklist, Marksheet, Study Tips | Anthropology Optional | AIR 2 | Good Read for Beginners - India Shastra (2023)

We have already discussed strategies of Kanishak Kataria and Junaid Ahmad. Here you will get Akshat Jain Strategy, Booklist, Marksheet, Study Tips. Anthropology was his optional and he secured rank 2 in UPSC CSE 2018.

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(Video) Complete 1 Year UPSC CSE Preparation Strategy by UPSC Topper 2018 AIR 2 Akshat Jain

Candidate Profile

Q.Details
NameAkshat Jain
Rank in CSE-2018UPSC 2018 AIR 2
Roll No.1104407
Age23 Years
Marital StatusUnmarried
Total attempts in CSE (including this one)2
Optional SubjectAnthropology
Schooling MediumEnglish
College MediumEnglish
Medium chosen for Mains answersEnglish
Medium chosen for InterviewEnglish
Home town/city
Name of college, city, passing out yearDegree in Design from IIT-Guwahati
Work-experience if anySamsung R&D Institute Bangalore

Introduction

Akshat Jain has secured the All India Rank-2 in the 2018 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination. An alumnus of IIT Guwahati, bagged the second position in the prestigious exam in his second attempt. His first attempt was in the year 2017 hardly a month post his graduation. Though he could not clear in the first attempt, it was a great learning experience for him.

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Style of preparation and notes making

  1. Syllabus and PYQP are the first element of resource list.
  2. Less is More – Keep your resources relevant and limited.
  3. First NCRTs and then Advanced books and finally value addition material
  4. Once resource list is decided stick to it no matter what

Study Tips for Future Aspirants

  1. Do not start your preparation without having a clear strategy
  2. Strategy Formulated should be feasible
  3. Once formulated, do not deviate from it until and unless not getting results
  4. Always self inspect and introspect
  5. Create a Road Map

[Strategy] Akshat Jain Strategy for UPSC CSE

based on these four parameters

  1. Be Mains-ready before prelims, i.e. finish maximum syllabus of mains before prelims.
  2. Make short notes of each and every topics of GS
  3. Complete the optional at least once before the prelims.
  4. Ensure sufficient answer writing practice before prelims

Prelims Preparation

  1. From march only priority is prelims
  2. Periodically revise the notes from a prelims prospective.
  3. Attempt maximum number of Mock Test – Sectional and Full.
  4. Work out a paper – loving strategy at least 2 weeks from prelims

Mains: Essay

  • He has started writing essay in November
  • Once a week or once 2 weeks.
  • Write 5-6 Essays before prelims.

Now we will take a look on his booklist.

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General Studies (Mains) paper 1 Booklist

Topic
Art and Culture
Modern Indian history
world history
  • Vision IAS notes
  • New NCERTs Classes 6-12 specific topics
post-independence India
  • Nitin Sangwan Notes
  • New NCERTs Classes 6-12 specific topics

Indian Society

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  • Indian society
  • role of women, poverty etc.
  • globalisation on Indian society
  • communalism, regionalism, secularism
  • Vision IAS Current Affairs Material
  • Vision IAS Mains Test Series

Geography

  • world geophysical
  • impact on flora-fauna
  • earthquake-tsunami etc
  • factors for industrial location
  • resource distribution
  • New NCERTs classes
  • 6th-10th, 11th and 12th
  • Ms.Rajtanil (Geo videos available on Mrunal)
  • Gc Leong
  • PMF IAS PDF
  • Oxford Atlas

General Studies Paper II Indian Constitution, Polity, Governance, Social Justice and International Relations

TopicBooks / Resources

Indian Polity and Constitution

  • Indian Constitution, devolution, dispute redressal etc.
  • comparing Constitution with world
  • LegislatureExecutive – Judiciary
  • Elections – RPA
  • Constitutional bodies – statutory bodies
  • New NCERT Class VI to XII – not in detail
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikant
  • Current Affairs : Vision, Editorials, PIB, PRS

Social Justice

  • NGO, SHG etcWelfare schemes, bodies
  • Social sector, health, edu, HRD
  • Development Industry
  • Editorials, Vision IAS, PIB
  • NITI 3 Year Agenda
  • Budget and Economic Survey

Governance

  • governance, transparency, accountability
  • e-governancerole of civil service

International Relations

  • India & neighbours
  • Bilateral/global grouping
  • Effect of foreign country policies on Indian interest
  • Diaspora
  • International bodies – structure mandate
  • Vision IAS material
  • Editorials
  • MEA website PDF

General Studies Paper III Economic Development, Agriculture, Environment, Technology and Internal Security

TopicResources

Indian Economy

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  • Indian economy,
  • resource mobilisation
  • Inclusive growth
  • Government Budgeting
  • Liberalisation
  • Infrastructure
  • Investment Models
  • Macroeconomics NCERT
  • Indian Economic Development
  • Sanjeev Verma
  • Current Affairs : Vision, Editorials, PIB
  • Budget and Economic Survey
  • Net: Arthpedia, Vikaspedia etc

Agriculture

  • Major crops, irrigation
  • Agro produce – storage, marketinge-technology for famers
  • Farm subsidies, MSP, PDS, buffer, food security
  • Technology mission
  • Animal Rearing
  • Animal Rearing Economics
  • Food Processing
  • Land Reforms
Internet references + Vision Material

Technology

  • science-tech day to day life
  • Indian achievements in sci-tech
  • awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPR
  • Current Affairs : Vision
  • Editorials
Environment
  • Biology 12th NCERT (last 4 chapters),
  • Specific topics from Shankar,
  • Current Affairs : Vision, Editorials, PIBPMF IAS
Disaster Management
  • 2nd ARC – Crisis Management
  • NDMA guidelines
  • Current Affairs : Vision

Internal Security

  • non state actors, internal security
  • internal security – role of media, social networking site
  • Cyber Security and Money Laundering
  • Border Management
  • Organised crime, terrorismsecurity agencies- structure mandate

General Studies 4 Syllabus and Resources Ethics, Integrity, aptitude

TopicBooks/ Resources

Ethics and Human Interface

  • Attitude, moral influence etc.
  • Civil service: integrity, impartiality, tolerance to weak etc
  • Emotional Intelligence andits use in governance
  • Moral thinkers of India and world
  • Ethics in PubAd
  • Probity in GovernanceCorporate Governacne
  • Citizen charter, ethics code, work culture etc.
  • Challenges of CorruptionCase studies

Prelims (CSAT) Paper-1: General studies

  • Basic books will remain the same.
  • For current issues you can refer Vision IAS PT 365.
  • For Govt schemes read any compilation of Schemes.
  • Important –> Previous Years Papers
  • He did not prepared CSAT.

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A graduate from IIT Guwahati with a degree in design, 23-year-old Akshat’s early influence to prepare for the UPSC were his civil servant parents. Akshat’s father, Mr D C Jain, is now the Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), New Delhi and mother, Mrs Simmi Jain, an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer is the ADG of National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) in Jaipur. His first attempt at the Civil Service Examination was a month after he graduated in 2017. While Akshat could not clear the attempt, he says it was a great learning experience for him. . . #upsc #ias #ips #ssc #currentaffairs #gk #india #generalknowledge #ssccgl #news #study #ifs #motivation #knowledge #cgl #cds #banking #rrb #irs #civilservices #railway #ibps #education #mppsc #pcs #upscmotivation #bankpo #bank #gpsc #iasmotivation

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Tips for Future Aspirants on how to prepare mains optional subject?

  • Complete the optional at least once before the prelims i.e. be mains ready before prelims
  • Go through the syllabus, make notes on it. So at least once we should be thorough with our optional before prelims.
  • Optional subject was his main priority he was very cleared he want to first complete his optional and that to before October 2017.
  • Anthropology was his optional.

Tips on Mains Answer Writing

  • Ensure sufficient answer writing practice before prelims
  • Akshat said ” I was very clearI have to practice writing answers, writing test no matter what and get sufficient answer writing practice before prelims itself.
  • Daily answer writing based on the editorials read in the news paper.
    1. For those taking coaching classes – Revise what is being taught. But give rest of the time to optional.
    2. For those self studying and worried about GS- Start reading NCERTs. But devote maximum of your time on optional

Akshat Jain Mark sheet — > CSE-2018 Mark-sheet

ESSAY Paper 1)123
GENERAL STUDIES-1 (PAPER-2)099
GENERAL STUDIES-2 (PAPER-3)114
GENERAL STUDIES-3 (PAPER-4)104
GENERAL STUDIES-4 (PAPER-5)107
OPTIONAL – (Anthropology) (PAPER-6)171
OPTIONAL- (Anthropology) (PAPER-7)164
WRITTEN TOTAL882
PERSONALITY TOTAL198
FINAL TOTAL1080

Credit – Family

  • His own parents who are civil servants motivated him. Akshat’s father, Mr D C Jain, is the Joint Director in CBI, New Delhi. His mother, Mrs Simmi Jain, an IRS officer is the ADG of NACIN in Jaipur.

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FAQs

What is the optional of Akshat Jain? ›

Choosing the correct optional subject for the UPSC Mains exam is an important choice. Akshat Jain chose Anthropology as his optional subject, mainly due to its syllabus. He felt that the subject had a practical approach and could be applied in real-life situations as well.

What is the total marks of Akshat Jain? ›

Akshat Jain scored a total of 1080 marks out of a total of 2025 marks.
...
UPSC Topper 2018 Marks.
SubjectMarks
Mains Written882
Interview198
Total1080

Is anthropology a score? ›

In anthropology, the questions asked are generally direct. It is considered scoring when compared to core humanities subjects. It is scientific in nature, so the answers can be made more appealing by diagrams and flowcharts. These save time while writing answers and also fetch marks.

How do you prepare for Anthropology and optional? ›

Practice Previous Year Question Papers

Make sure that you practice previous year question papers and mock tests as well. This can help to identify the important sections of the Anthropology optional subject. For diagrams, you have to practice it enough to make it clean and attractive.

What is the 12th percentage of Akshat Jain? ›

Akshat studied in Jaipur's India International School and scored 94% in Class 12. He did Bachelor of Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and took the first attempt at CSE in July 2017, a month after he graduated from the IIT.

Do toppers avoid social media? ›

Most of the toppers of the UPSC Civil Services Examination held last year had one thing in common. They all stayed away from social media, to avoid “distractions” and stay focused on their preparation. Many of them even deactivated their social media accounts. So, at first attempt, it is difficult to find them online.

What caste is Dabi? ›

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FamilyFather- Jaswant Dabi (General Manager of BSNL) Mother- Himani Dabi (Former Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer) Brother- None Sister- Ria Dabi (Younger)
ReligionHinduism (Some of her family members follow Buddhism)
CasteScheduled Caste (SC - Kamble)
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At what age did Akshat Jain clear UPSC? ›

Akshat Jain cracked the UPSC Civil Services exam in the second attempt and secured AIR 2nd rank in 2018. His incredible journey of cracking the IAS exam at 23 years of age is a heavy dose of motivation that is needed for everyone who is preparing to appear for any competitive exam.

Does eyesight matter for IAS? ›

Candidates should have a proper vision in the eyes. Corrections permitted are spectacles, CL and refractive surgery like LASIK, ICL, IOL, etc. Those who have myopia with macular degenerative changes will be declared unfit for service in the IAS. People with a squint in the eyes are fit for service.

How is a 300+ optional scored in anthropology? ›

Is scoring 300+ in Anthropology optional easy? All tricks revealed!

Which optional is better anthropology or sociology? ›

How is anthropology better? It is the better choice for science students especially those with a biology background. It is also scoring owing to its scientific nature. It has a very short syllabus (shorter than sociology).

Is anthropology easy optional? ›

Anthropology is thought of as an easy subject for graduates of science. The subject is peppered with concepts of science. This makes the subject easier to grasp for science students. The reading material for this subject is also easily available.

Which optional has shortest syllabus? ›

Philosophy has the shortest syllabus out of all of the optional subjects for the UPSC examination and is the reason for it is a popular choice amongst UPSC aspirants.

How do I choose optional? ›

Geography was the most preferred subject among the optional subjects chosen by the candidates, followed by Political Science & International Relations and Sociology.
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Popular Optional.
GeographyHindi LiteratureHistory
LawPhilosophyPSIR
Public AdministrationSociology

Which optional subject is easy for UPSC? ›

Which optional subject is easy in UPSC? Answer: Sociology, Geography, and Public Administration are easy subjects to score. Many candidates have scored more than 400 marks in these optional subjects as per the previous year's result.

Do 12th marks matter in IAS? ›

No class 12 marks don't matter for SSC and UPSC. The eligibility for civil services is that you should hold a Bachelor's degree from any recognised institution in respective subjects.

What is the 10th percentage of Akshat Jain? ›

Ias akshat jain got 90% percentage Mark's from 10th board examination.

Is 10th marks important for IAS? ›

There is no direct role of 10th and 12th marks in upsc examination other than boosting your self-morale . It does not matter at all. In the whole process of IAS examination the only thing which natters is your performance in the exam only and not your academics.

Do Toppers use social media? ›

Almost all the exam toppers who have ranked in any type of exam had one thing in common, they all stayed away from social media. If you are very much focused on your goal and want to be excellent in that field, then you have to stay away from social media.

How do Toppers study? ›

Toppers frequently take their notes and rewrite the material based on those notes. This also suggests that they take notes throughout the year and regularly revise to quickly get everything into their heads.

Do UPSC toppers use social media? ›

It has emerged that most of the toppers did not use social media during preparation to avoid distractions. Some of them even deactivated their social media accounts.

Who is IAS Pradeep Gawande first wife? ›

UPSC Topper Tina Dabi and IAS Dr Pradeep Gawande are man and wife now. They got married at a Hotel in Jaipur last week as per media reports. The couple had announced their engagement on social media after which fans began pouring their wishes for them from all over the country.

At what age Tina Dabi become IAS? ›

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.

What surname is Dabi? ›

The surname Dabi (Arabic: دابي, Bengali: দেবী, Hassaniya-Arabic: ﺩﺍﺑﻲ, Hindi: डाबी, Marathi: डाबी, Oriya: ଡାବି) occurs more in Ethiopia more than any other country or territory. It may appear as a variant:. For other potential spellings of this name click here.

Where did Akshat Jain study? ›

23 years old Akshat Jain, has secured Rank 2 in the esteemed UPSC IAS Exam. He has been born and brought up in Jaipur and completed his graduation in Design from IIT Guwahati in 2017.

Can I pass UPSC without coaching? ›

Yes, one can clear the IAS exam without coaching. But may not be 'everyone'. It depends on his/her efficiency in self-study. If you are good at self-study, you can clear UPSC CSE without any classroom coaching.

Where is Akshat Jain now? ›

Currently, Akshat Jain is posted as Assistant Collector in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh.

Is Tattoo allowed in IAS? ›

Wearing a tattoo doesn't restrict you to appear for UPSC civil services. IAS aspirants and civil service aspirants can definitely have a tattoo on their body parts except for the face, finger, forearm, and other parts, which are generally visible.

Can a 5 feet girl become an IAS officer? ›

For the post of IAS officers, there is no height and weight requirements.

Can I become IAS if I have knock knees? ›

n) The candidate must not have knock knees, flat foot, varicose veins. o) They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

What was the optional subject of srushti Deshmukh? ›

Srushti Deshmukh scored an amazing total of 1068 marks out of a total of 2025 marks. Her rank was five in the country. Sociology was her Optional paper, as her under-graduation subject (chemical engineering) was not offered as an optional, by the UPSC.

What was the optional subject of Junaid Ahmed? ›

Geography

What was the optional subject of Shubham Kumar? ›

Shubham Kumar took Anthropology as his optional subject. When he was asked in an interview why he said that: “First, because I discovered an interest in indigenous people.

What was the optional subject of Shruti Sharma? ›

History

Is Shruti Deshmukh married? ›

IAS Srushti Jayant Deshmukh and Arjun Gowda enjoy a massive fanbase on social media. Deshmukh, who scored an All-India Rank 5 in the 2018 UPSC Civil Services Examination, married his fellow IAS Nagarjun B. Gowda from the same batch in April 2022. The couple regularly shares pictures with one another on social media.

What is the age of Tina Dabi? ›

What caste is Dabi? ›

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Bio
FamilyFather- Jaswant Dabi (General Manager of BSNL) Mother- Himani Dabi (Former Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer) Brother- None Sister- Ria Dabi (Younger)
ReligionHinduism (Some of her family members follow Buddhism)
CasteScheduled Caste (SC - Kamble)
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Is Tattoo allowed in IAS? ›

Wearing a tattoo doesn't restrict you to appear for UPSC civil services. IAS aspirants and civil service aspirants can definitely have a tattoo on their body parts except for the face, finger, forearm, and other parts, which are generally visible.

Which subject is best for optional in IAS? ›

After considering the latest UPSC syllabus and recent IAS results, the top 10 optional subjects in UPSC can be listed as follows:
  • Sociology.
  • Agriculture.
  • Medical Science.
  • Literature.
  • Anthropology.
  • Public Administration.
  • Psychology.
  • Law.

At what age Akshat Jain become IAS? ›

Akshat Jain is one of the youngest IAS officers who were the second Topper in the 2018 UPSC exam. Because of his dedication towards the civil services examination he has achieved this milestone and became one of the youngest IAS officers at the age of 23 only.

Who got 1 rank in IAS? ›

The UPSC civil services exam is considered one of the toughest exams in India. On average, candidates take more than 2 attempts to clear this exam. But every year, there are several candidates who clear the UPSC exam in their very first attempt.
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IAS First Attempt Winners.
NameRankYear
Bhawna Garg11999
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Which state is top in UPSC? ›

Uttar Pradesh is one of the states that produce more number of IAS Officers. In UPSC 2015, 29 IAS Officers were produced from the state.
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UPSC Preparation.
IAS General Studies Notes Links
NixiHow Many States In India
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Who got 1 Rank in UPSC? ›

Shruti Sharma: AIR 1 Alumnus of St. Stephens and Delhi School of Economics.

Which stream is best for IAS? ›

So, it is advisable to opt for the stream of Arts as it would allow you to prepare better and score higher at all the three stages of the IAS Exam. So, no wonder if you opt for the Humanities at school in class 11th itself, you would be better able to clear the IAS Exam.

Which optional subject is easy for UPSC? ›

Which optional subject is easy in UPSC? Answer: Sociology, Geography, and Public Administration are easy subjects to score. Many candidates have scored more than 400 marks in these optional subjects as per the previous year's result.

What is the highest marks in UPSC? ›

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC Result 2021 has been released along with the toppers list. Following the same, UPSC has now released the UPSC Civil Services 2021 marks for the selected candidates. UPSC Topper 2021, Shruti Sharma has scored a total of 1150 marks and clinched the top spot with 54.57%.

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