Namrata Jain, the first woman Naxalite to secure AIR 12 in UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2017. This is a story of a woman who came from a region where 2G  internet connection was a dream of the and is notorious for the Naxal violence. In this article, we will discuss the Namrata Jain IAS journey. Read the article till the end to know the Namrata Jain Marksheet and more.

Namrata Jain Biography

Namrata comes from Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. Dantewada district has the lowest literacy rate in India. Other than Naxal attacks the districts also have a high rate of domestic violence, and unemployment which affects the growth and development of the district. Despite having such problems and limited resources in her area Namrata was able to crack one of the toughest exams in our country.

Namrata’s father was a businessman and her mother was a housewife. She did her 10th standard from Nirmal Niketan School, Geedam, Dantewada, and her 12th from KPS Bhilai School.

Namrata Jain did her undergraduate in engineering from Bhilai Institute of Technology, Bhilai.

It was in the 8th standard her interest to join civil services sparked upon meeting a collector who was invited to her school to speak. She asked the profession of that person to her father. Her father told Namrata that IAS officers were the kings of the society and it was they who brought a positive change in the society.

Namrata Jain IAS Journey

It was clear to Namrata that she wants to pursue her Civil Services dream. She left for Delhi for her preparation. In Delhi, she learned about the syllabus and the approach which she needs to adopt to tackle the questions in the exam. In 2015  she was unable to crack the exam. In 2016 she came back to Dantewada. In Dantewada, there was no access to any information related to the UPSC exam. Nor was there any good coaching institute available in the district.

That is why she decided to join online coaching. For the personality test, she joined another coaching.

In 2017, in her second attempt, she was able to secure 99th rank and was selected for Indian Police Services (IPS). But as they say for the third time, Namrata attempted UPSC again in 2018. Where she got AIR 12.  It was her sheer determination and passion to serve the society through which was able to generate such a result even when all the odds were stacked against her.

Namrata Jain’s optional subject was sociology.

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Namrata Jain IAS Preparation Strategy

The one thing that worked in mains for Namrata was practicing answer writing. The more answers she wrote the more confidence she got,  which also increased her knowledge of the subject. Making your current affairs strong and working on it intensely is one of the advice Namrata has given to the UPSC aspirants.

For making current affairs notes she made an extensive habit of reading and writing. The information that she gathered from reading, she used to write it down in the question-answer format. Namrata read as many rescues as she could find online on one same topic to get different perspectives and consolidate the information in one place. This method also helped her to articulate her thoughts for answer writing.

She insists aspirants make notes with neat points and properly mention the additions. In the end, you should be able to understand your notes at one go.

Namrata Jain on NCERT

According to her, reading NCERT is a great way to build a foundation for the UPSC exam. For geography, she picked up class 6th NCERT textbook to clear the basics. For other subjects, she started from class 9th and 10th standard textbooks.

Namrata separately didn’t make notes from NCERT but instead, she wrote important points on the edge of the page in the  NCERT itself, which helped her during the revision.

Namrata in spite of being an engineering student chose sociology as an optional subject. For which she referred to class 11th and 12th for understanding basic concepts.

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Namrata Jain Marksheet

Paper Marks
Mains 891/1750
Interview 171/275
Final Total 1062/2025 [52.44%]

Her journey is proof that, no matter what are the circumstances around you, if you dream big and work hard towards them, you certainly can achieve them. Her current posting is in the Balodabazar district. And she is 27 years in age. Namrata is very active on Instagram.

Alway begin your preparation for any exam by clearing the basics first and then moving to other things should be your aim if you are aiming for the UPSC IAS exam.

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