Srushti Jayant Deshmukh – UPSC Topper 2018, Rank 5

Everything you need to know about the UPSC Topper 2018 – Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

IAS is the dream of thousands of Indian, but not everyone follows the right strategy to clear the exam. It takes lot of effort and right planning to study and clear the IAS exam.

In the year 2018, Out of the 759 candidates who qualified the UPSC civil services exam, 182 are women. The topper among the women candidates is Srushti Jayant Deshmukh, who managed to clear this exam in her very first attempt and securing all-India rank of 5. She made history in the civil services with 5th rank in the UPSC or Union Public Service Commission. She is one amongst only 10 women who have featured in the top 25 rankers.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh’s Background

A Native of Bhopal, Srushti has graduated from Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogiki Vishwavidyalaya as a chemical engineer in 2018. Her father is also an engineer and mother is a homemaker. She also has a younger brother, who studies in 7th standard.

Since she wanted to give only one shot to her dream career of becoming an IAS officer, therefore she chose engineering as a hold-up option; which means if she couldn’t clear IAS exam in her first attempt, she’ll take up her career as an engineer.

Srushti has been a studious and a brilliant student throughout her academics. She scored an 8 CGPA in her Class 10 and 93.4 percent in Class 12.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh’s Age

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh is a mere 23 years old and is one amongst the youngest candidates to clear IAS exam with flying colours. Let’s learn more about this wonder girl and find out what and how she did to get through this toughest exam.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh Strategy for IAS Preparation

Srushti used to study for 6 – 7 hours every day and she mostly did her preparation through online sources available for IAS preparation. Srushti prepared her notes through online mode only, she did not join any institute for her IAS preparation. She says consistency in preparation is the key to cracking the UPSC exam.

While she recommends self-study through internet, she also recommends the aspirants to be aware of the distractions caused when you are online. If you are someone, who easily gets distracted or get into overuse of internet, you may end up at losing your focus on IAS preparation. She prepared for the examinations using online test series and study materials.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh’s Interview

When Srushti Jayant Deshmukh was interviewed, she also said that while she was preparing for IAS exam, she deactivated all her social media accounts. She gives the credit for her success to her teachers and family.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh’s Optional Subject

Although Srushti is a chemical engineer, she chose sociology as her optional subject in the UPSC exam. – Check out: How to Select Optional Subject in UPSC

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh Marks 

The UPSC released the marks scored by the successful candidates indicating the subject-wise breakup of the marks. Srushti Deshmukh scored a total of 1068 marks out of a total of 2025 marks.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh’s Marksheet

Mains Written  895

Interview 173

Total 1068


Some facts about Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

UPSC Rank: AIR 5, CSE 2018

Attempt: First

Optional Subject: Sociology

Education: B.E. Chemical Engineering

Work Experience: Nil

Age: 23

Institute for IAS Preparation: None, Self-study through online test series and study materials available on the Internet.

Shrushti’s Success Mantra – Stay away from distractions (especially social media ), be consistent and take enough mock tests, simulate the exam environment

Future Plans: Shrushti Deshmukh wants to work for the betterment of society by working in the field of women empowerment and education.

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