Ankita Choudhry, a resident of Meham town in Rohtak district, bagged the all-India rank 14 in the civil services exam, the results of which were declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Choudhry said this was her second attempt in the exam. She said she stayed off social media like Instagram, Facebook, and other online forums for two years to achieve the results.
Ankita Chaudhary Wiki
- Name: Ankita Chaudhary
- Date Of Birth: 25 December 1994
- Age: 25
- Rank: AIR 14
- Optional Subject: Public Administration
- Written Marks: 879
- Personality Interview: 182
- Total Marks: 1061
Early Life and Education
Choudhry did her schooling at Indus Public School in Rohtak and then went on to pursue BSc from Hindu College, Delhi University. She pursued MSc from the Indian Institutes of Technology, Delhi. Choudhry’s father, Satyawan, works as an accountant at a sugar mill in Rohtak. Her mother had passed away in a road accident four years ago.
Satyawan said her daughter had been an all-rounder since school days. She used to top in studies and was active in sports and cultural activities. During her school days, she made up her mind about a career in Civil Services; with a clear-cut inclination towards Indian Administrative Services. she did not even think of choosing something else apart from IAS. She did not even say that she was preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam; rather she used to say that she was preparing to become IAS.
Ankita’s Struggles During Her Preparation Period
When she seriously thought about appearing in Civil Services Examination 2017, as per the exam-plan she was to pick only one optional subject and after weighing up things, Ankita decided in favour of Public Administration, a subject that will help her even in her future endeavour. She joined Vaji Ram & Ravi for General Studies preparation and Synergy IAS for Public Administration.
When you join coaching you form a group and the rest of the information you just have to process yourself. During her first attempt at CSE 2017, Ankita just finished her coaching at Vaji Ram & Ravi, so there was no time for self-study or for revising the notes. She thinks during her first attempt, her mistake was that she could not go through in-depth topics. As a result, she couldn’t clear the Preliminary Examination.
Ankita’s Second Attempt at UPSC
During the gap after Prelims 2017, she made sure that she revised her notes thoroughly and prepared her own notes, she updated them and revised them multiple times and didn’t refer to multiple sources. She was choosy about which topic or where she was going to study. So that thing helped her a lot. Her straightforward approach and a clear mindset helped her reach her destination.
Ankita Chaudhary’s Strategy for CSAT Preparation
For CSAT, Ankita stresses the need to attempt as many questions as possible while making educated guesses for the questions that are designed to confuse you. For a beginner, Ankita prescribes regularity and a clear action plan in terms of a daily routine which includes a defined number of study hours. And in the final hours of preparation, Ankita advises you to practice at least 3-4 mock tests, refer to the minimum sources, and above all keep a cool head.
Ankita Chaudhary’s Strategy for Mains Exam Preparation
Ankita’s optional subject was Public Administration. Speaking about her optional subject, Ankita highlights the need to know if you are, first, interested in the subject and, if yes, then follow it up with a thorough examination of the syllabus. Ankita chose Public Administration because she was interested in the subject from the beginning. The syllabus was comparatively less and most of the syllabus overlap with the GS papers. Ankita attempted all the 20 questions in the mains optional paper.
Recommended Sources and Books by Ankita
- NCERT Class 9 to 12 for Subjects, Polity, Geography & Economics
- Polity by Laxmikant
- History by Spectrum Booklet
- Economy from PT 365 of Vision IAS
- Current Affairs
- Two Newspapers- The Hindu & The Indian Express
- Press Information Bureau
- Monthly Magazines like Yojana
- For Public Administration – Go through all the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) reports or at least go through the summaries.
- Indian Polity – For Civil Services and Other State Examinations | 6th Edition
- Objective Indian Polity for GS Paper
- 25 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-2019)Paperback – 25 June 2019
Preparation Tips for UPSC Aspirants
- Quote examples as much as you can in your answers
- Try to write your answer in bullet points
- Make Semantic diagrams
- Use flowcharts and other visual devices
- Do try to attempt questions in all their dimensions, i.e. cover all the aspects of the question while answering
- Maintain speed
- Keep your copy neat and clean
Ankita’s story is a source of inspiration for the aspirants of UPSC. She was a regular girl who struggled to realize her dreams had to give up on the pleasure of friends and family and even social media which has become an important source of entertainment and satisfaction for our generation.