UPSC is the most prestigious and tough exam in India. UPSC is a destination and dreams for many aspirants. The UPSC exam is conducted every year and many aspirants try their luck. They struggle hard and strive day and night to make their group come true.

Aspirants with determination and perseverance set goals for the students who appear after. They are the role models for the upcoming aspirants in UPSC. Here is one such story of an aspirant who cleared the UPSC exam on the first attempt. Read the full article to know everything about IAS Officer Krishna Unni.

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IAS Officer Krishna Unni: Biography

IAS H Krishna Unni was a 2012 batch officer who gained AIR 40. He is presently posted as a new collector of the Theni district. He was first a Joint Secretary in Finance then he was posted as the Deputy Secretary in Finance, then as Sub Collector Gobichettipalayam and before being posted as a collector he was posted as Assistant Collector in the Tiruchi district.

IAS Officer Krishna Unni: Wiki

Krishnanunni, a native of Karakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, who bagged the 40th rank civil services examinations-2011. He is a B. Tech. graduate in electrical and electronics engineering from College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram. His optional subjects were public administration and Malayalam. Krishnan Unni is the only son of businessman K Harikumar and homemaker T Usha from Karakulam, Trivandrum. On completing the B Tech in 2009 from the College of Engineering in the city, he served as Business Administrator in Mu Sigma, Bangalore.

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IAS Officer Krishna Unni: UPSC Marksheet 

The training mark sheet of IAS Krishan Unni is given below

Cadre Tamil Nadu 
FC Written Total 106.83
FC Assessment Total 105.70
Phase 1 Written 208.95
Phase 1 Assessment 164.57
Phase 2 Assessment 164.83
Phase 2 District Training 145.54
UPSC Marks 1222.00
Final Total 2118.42
Final Rank 69

Strategy to become a Successful IAS like Krishna Unni

Here are some tips for both UPSC prelims and mains.

Read Newspapers 

Well, current affairs and general studies are the most important papers, in the aspect of prelims exam. Reading newspapers, watching the news and reading reports are quite important for UPSC. But, one needs to start reading the newspaper right from the start when he/she has started to appear for UPSC or even have an idea about it. Sections like national, international, business, science and innovation should be checked thoroughly.

Public Administration Important Topics 

These are some important topics for revision: New Public Management, Citizen Charter, Wilson, Riggs, Barnard, Follet and Simon (Thinkers), Evolution and Present Status of the Discipline, Challenges of the LPG, Good Governance, Decision Making Theory, Regulatory Authorities, Right to Information, Women Empowerment/ Women and Development, O and M, Niti Aayog, Politics and Administration, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Finance, Bureaucracy and Development, Motivation, Participative Management, PPP Model, Social Audit, Departments, Corporations, Companies, Civil Society, RTI, Administrative Law (Complete Chapter), Bureaucracy and democracy, Administrative ethics, Performance Appraisal, e-governance, Monetary and fiscal policies, Accounts and Audit.

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Static Subjects Revision 

#You have to revise Environment and ecology in 20 days.

#You have to revise Indian polity and governance in 16 days.

#You have to revise Geography in 15 days.

#You have to revise Economics in 10 days.

#You have to revise Science and technology in 20 days.

#You have to revise History, Art & Culture in 20 days.

These are the subjects you should divide when you have 90 days left after your preparation is done. This is for the revision days and you need to complete all the topics these days.

Mock tests and previous year papers

After you finish your revision and thorough preparation, one needs to appear for as many mock tests as possible, before the examination. You will have to solve previous years question papers and even the mock papers. The questions and the mock papers will prepare you for the exam pattern and how to attend the exam. If you are able to understand and comprehend the exam pattern, then it will help you manage your time. Time management is very important in UPSC. One will have scarce time in hand and if you are not able to manage time then, panic starts. This will lead you to nowhere but disaster, so practises as many previous years papers as possible.

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You can understand by reading this article that you have several things to prepare for. UPSC is a tough exam and the syllabus for the subjects are also vast enough, that will take a year or more to prepare for. IAS Krishna Unni has worked day and night to get a 40th UPSC rank all over India and 3rd rank in Kerala. He believes that learning should never be stopped and working for it everything should be one’s goal.

If an aspirant wants to serve the nation and become an IAS officer then he/she needs to concentrate. One must visit UPSC Pathshala if you have a goal to appear for UPSC. The articles and newsletters provided here are useful and valuable. Senior experienced tutors will help the aspirants to buckle up and hit the bullseye.

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