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Ankita Jain AIR 3 UPSC Topper 2020 | IAS Success Story

Ankita Jain UPSC Topper from Agra has secured 3rd Rank in UPSC exam 2020. She has fulfilled her dream in her fourth attempt. She is very consistent with her studies and she didn’t lose hope after 3 failures. She is an engineer and she has worked in the private sector for some time. She resigned from her job to prepare for UPSC. She is an inspiration for many girls who wish to continue their studies even after marriage. Ankita continued her study after marriage also with the support of her husband and in-laws.

Ankita Jain shares her journey and preparation strategy about how she topped with AIR 3 in the UPSC exam.

Biography of Ankita Jain

Ankita Jain originally belongs to Delhi. Her in-laws live in Agra and both are doctors. Ankita Jain’s husband is an IPS. Ankita Jain completed her B.Tech in computer science from Delhi Technological University. After working in Qualcomm Private Limited, Bangalore for 14 months, she joined Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO) through her GATE score.

In her second attempt, she got a prestigious job in the Audit and Account Service of UPSC in Mumbai. Even though she didn’t stop and continued her preparation. In her fourth attempt at the age of 28, she topped the UPSC exam and got AIR 3.

She was very focused on her work as well as study. Since childhood, she has had a dream of becoming an IAS officer and Ankita proves it by her hard work and dedication. Ankita Jain chose Philosophy as her optional subject. She used to study for 6 hours a day. Ankita Jain comes from a family of civil servants. With their constant support, she managed to prepare for civil services and now she has made everyone proud. Her husband Abhinav Tyagi is an IPS Officer in the Maharashtra cadre. Her sister Vaishali also cleared the UPSC exam and got the 21st Rank. Ankita says to keep working hard and you will definitely get success in UPSC.

Ankita Jain’s UPSC Marksheet

Ankita Jain’s UPSC mark sheet is given below:-

Essay( Paper-1)146
General Study -1091
General Study -2117
General Study-3096
General Study-4112
Optional-1 (Sociology)136
Optional-2 (Sociology)141
Written Total839
Personality Test193
Final Total1051

IAS Preparation Strategy of Ankita Jain

Ankita Jain shares her preparation strategy and how she prepares for the exam. During mains exams, she got infected by COVID-19 but she didn’t lose her confidence and she overcame the difficult situation. With the support of her family, she continues her preparation and now she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a civil servant. According to Ankita Jain:-

  • Time management is very important for the UPSC exam. Always make a time-table and study accordingly. Try to manage your time for daily activities too. It will save your time.
  • She studied with the help of NCERTs books till 12th standard. It helped her to make a strong base. When you clear your basics then go for standard books.
  • Always make notes, it helps you to remember what’s important and what you need to focus on.
  • Answer writing practice is also necessary. Continuing practice will give benefits in exams.
  • Stay positive. Positive attitude is very important for the civil service examination. Never lose hope with failure.

Ankita Jain wants to work towards Women and Child Development. She cleared UPSC in her fourth attempt. She says I have learned from my failures. Always try to focus on your weak points. It will strengthen your performance.





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1. What is the age of Ankita Jain?

Answer- Ankita Jain is 28 years old.

2. What was the optional subject of Ankita Jain?

Answer- Philosophy was the optional subject of Ankita.

3. What is the minimum educational qualification required to appear in the UPSC IAS exam?

Answer- Any graduation degree in regular or distant mode is required to appear in the UPSC IAS exam.

4. What is the structure of the UPSC IAS Prelims Exam?

Answer- Prelims exam is an objective type exam. It has two papers of 200 marks each. Paper 1 includes General Studies and Paper 2 includes Mental Ability and Aptitude.

5. What is the individual cut-off for two papers in the UPSC Prelims exam?

Answer- The minimum cut off marks for Paper 2 is 33%.

6. What to do if an admit card has not been issued by time?

Answer- If admit card has not been released three weeks prior to the date of examination, aspirants must contact the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office or over phone Nos. 011-23381125/011- 23385271/011-23098543.

7. Is it allowed to fill multiple online applications?

Answer- It is not acceptable to apply to fill multiple online applications. However, in case of error and registers multiple times, the last form submitted will be accepted and rejects all previous applications submitted by aspirants

8. Is it possible to pay offline fees for the UPSC exam?

Answer- Yes, it is possible to pay the fees offline. To do so, you have to download the e-challan and submit the fee in cash at SBI bank branches on the next working day itself.

9. When is the exam notification released every year?

Answer- The exam notification for the UPSC exam is normally released in the month of February every year.

10. Will there be negative marks for UPSC IAS Prelim exams?

Answer- Yes, There will be negative marking for incorrect answers.