Himanshu Nagpal IAS Rank 26 First Attempt: Tough Journey of an IAS Topper

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    CSE 2018
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    24th Apr, 2019

First Attempt: Tough Journey of an IAS Topper

I opted civil services as a career there was nothing called child-hood dream, some wants to become a doctor and some wants to be a pilot so I decided to become a Deputy Collector”

Positive Attitude and Hard Work are the Stepping Stone to Success
  • I come from a very humble background. I lost my Father just one month before beginning of my graduation classes.
  • I have done my graduation from Hansraj College of Delhi University. During initial phase of my graduation I was very under confident guy, bad in spoken English, very shy to ask any question in class.
  • With the progress of time, I worked hard and gained much confidence to start my preparation of Civil Services examination.
  • With consistent efforts, I have secured AIR 9 Rank in Commerce & Accountancy exam.
  • In 2018 CSE, I secured AIR 26
What was my Approach towards Civil Services Exam?


  • Build Foundation: I have built my foundation with the help of NCERT as they are very much important to have a basic understanding of topics as mentioned in the syllabus of UPSC.
  • Meticulous Planning: I planned to finish study of UPSC syllabus by the end of February with proper revisions.
  • Test Series: After February, I joined test series, and after giving each test I made a habit of spending at least 3 hours to analyse my answers by grasping relevant information to enhance my knowledge base. (I would suggest to each aspirants do not give test just for the sake of marks, use it as a Learning tool). That’s how I identified my weak areas with the help of test series and worked upon it.


  • After prelims, I devoted first 2 months for my optional subject (Commerce and accountancy which was my graduation subject also.)
  • By the end of August I had notes of all the topics which were mentioned in the syllabus in the form of Definition, Main Context And Way Forward.
  • Last 2 months I devoted for revising GS subjects and Answer Writing Practise. (Although due to scarcity of time I was unable to practise much. (Lesson: Start answer writing practise as soon as possible)


  • Interview is the test of personality and while preparing for the interview you need to have a right guidance.
  • Enrol yourself for mock interviews; work on the feedbacks that you receive from the panel.
  • What you are as a person should reflect in your answer.
  • Be aware of the happenings in the surroundings.


                                                             “BELIEF IN YOURSELF”

 GS SCORE extends heartiest congratulations to Himanshu Nagpal on his great achievement and we are gratified to have been a part of his journey to Success (Rank 26) in CSE 2018.


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