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Shubham Kumar IAS Topper 2020 Success Story

Shubham Kumar from Bihar has topped the most prestigious exam of India – UPSC 2020. He secured All India Rank 1 in UPSC CSE 2020. Shubham Kumar is an Engineer and 24 year old. He has proved hard work never goes in vain. Shubham Kumar belongs to Bihar state yet his dream was always big. He cleared UPSC in his third attempt. UPSC is all about hard work and dedication. Shubham Kumar IAS Topper proves it right.

Shubham Kumar shares his journey and preparation strategy about how he topped in the UPSC exam.

Biography of Shubham Kumar IAS

Shubham Kumar was born in Kumheri village, Kadwa block, Bihar. He completed his schooling from Vidya Vihar residential school Bihar. His Father Mr. Devanand Singh is a branch manager at Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank, Bihar and mother Mrs. Poonam Devi is a housewife.

He graduated from IIT Bombay in B.Tech(civil Engineering). Shubham Kumar has had a clear aim since beginning. In his first attempt in 2018 he could not clear the exam. In 2019 he appeared for the second time in the civil service examination and got 290th rank.

He was selected in Indian Defence Accounts Service(IDAS). He was a trainee at the National Academy of Defence Financial Management Institute Pune, when he appeared for the third time for the UPSC exam.

Then he topped in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Exam with All India rank 1. He belongs to a middle class family but his family always motivated him to do better because of the positive encouragement he achieved his goal in his third attempt, he addressed all the Hindi medium students to keep working hard, you will definitely get success.

Shubham Kumar’s UPSC Marksheet

Shubham Kumar UPSC mark sheet is given below:

Essay (Paper-I)134
General Studies-I115
General Studies-II111
General Studies-III92
General Studies-IV106
Optional-I (Anthropology) (Paper-VI)170
Optional-II (Anthropology) (Paper-VII)150
Written Total878

IAS Preparation Strategy of Shubham Kumar

Shubham Kumar IAS shares his preparation strategy. He says,’’ it was his third attempt and he was not even expecting the top rank’’. He has a dream of becoming an IAS officer so he was focused on his studies. It was his third attempt but he did not lose hope.

  • He chose anthropology as his optional subject.
  • He says if you are serious about the UPSC exam, the first thing you have to do is understand the syllabus. When you understand the syllabus and pattern of the UPSC exam it will be a little easier for you to prepare.
  • Always try to solve previous year question papers. Previous papers will help you to understand the question paper’s pattern and mark distribution. Previous papers will suggest some trending topics also.
  • For current affairs try to make a habit of reading the newspaper. There are many websites also which give free study material for current affairs.
  • Time management is also very important for preparation. Make a time-table and divide your time according to your subjects. Don’t copy others in preparation. There is no need to study strictly for 10 to 12 hours. Everyone has different capabilities, so try to decide your own time table for study.
  • Revision is very important. Revise your preparation daily. It will help you to learn more topics.
  • He also said during preparation time aspirants should not try new books.
  • He was focused more on newspapers for current affairs and environment topics.

Shubham Kumar has proved, nothing is impossible if we do it dedicatedly. He wants to work for the betterment of the people, unprivileged people of rural areas through this wider platform. It is his main focus. He wants to work for Katihar as it is badly affected by floods. Shubham wants to work for Bihar education also.

Shubham kumar wants to be an IAS because it would give him a wider platform to work for the underprivileged, especially in rural areas. He wants to work in the Bihar cadre although he is open to other cadres as well.

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1. How many hours of daily study are sufficient to clear the UPSC exam?

Answer – Around 6 to 8 hours of study in a regular manner is sufficient to clear the UPSC exam.

2. Is there any good coaching for UPSC in Bihar?

Answer – In Patna city there are good coaching institutes for UPSC preparation.

3. For how long an aspirant must prepare for UPSC?

Answer – One year preparation is sufficient for UPSC but this one year must be well planned and it should be serious preparation.

4. Is English compulsory to clear the UPSC exam?

Answer – UPSC exam never expected to be expert in English, Command over Your local language is sufficient to clear UPSC Exam. Although command over English can be a plus but it is not necessary. Afterall English is just a language, it doesn’t measure intelligence.

5. Is coaching really required to clear UPSC?

Answer – It depends on person to person. There are many factors which Must consider before deciding whether to join a coaching or not.