Kartik Jivani (26), an IIT Mechanical Engineer who is an IPS officer of the Gujarat branch, has made his city proud by obtaining the eighth place in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) test, the results of which were published on Friday.

Jivani set a record by achieving the highest rank from Gujarat in the record of the state’s civil service examinations in his third try to pass the tests.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Biography

Jivani had previously passed the UPSC test twice and was chosen for IPS on his first try. Jivani received the 94th rank in 2018 and was chosen into IPS. In order to pursue his IAS goals, he took the test again in 2019 and was ranked 84th in the results released in August 2020.

Jivani was inspired by the plague pandemic that afflicted Surat in 1994. He loved reading about SR Rao, an IAS official and previous city municipal commissioner who reorganised the city during the epidemic and aspired to be an IAS officer like him.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Education

He was born in Surat, Gujarat. He did his schooling till Class 12th in his hometown. He mentioned in an interview that his school medium was Gujrati. After that, he went to IIT Bombay and pursued BTech in Mechanical Engineering. He passed out in 2016.

Then in 2017, he gave his first UPSC exam. In his first attempt, he cleared the Prelims but was unable to clear the Mains due to his poor marks in GS. In 2018, he tried again and secured an AIR 94. In 2018, he gave 3 exams in total.

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Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Rank in Indian Forest Service Examination

He achieved 3rd rank in this exam.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Rank in Engineering Service Examination

He secured 101st rank in this exam.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Rank in Civil Service Examination 2018

He scored 94th rank in this exam.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Rank in Civil Service Examination 2020

He scored AIR 8 in UPSC CSE 2020. He gave the exam thrice and succeeded twice.

He attempted all these exams in the same year to boost his confidence for subsequent attempts

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Coaching

In 2017, he didn’t take any coaching to give the UPSC exam. But in 2018, he joined a quality improvement program. He prepared in the online mode which helped him cover the GS syllabus chapter by chapter. He mentioned that reading for many sources won’t help you. You should pick one newspaper and one current affair from a coaching institute. Check the Current Affairs Magazine by UPSC Pathshala for an online mode of UPSC learning.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai UPSC Marksheet

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Marks 2017 (First Attempt)

Exam Marks
Prelims 119
Mains 351/1000 (All 4 GS papers)

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Marks 2018 (Second Attempt)

Exam Marks
Prelims 119
Mains 410/1000 (All 4 GS papers)

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Optional Subject

He took Geography as his optional subject. He read NCERT 11th and 12th Geography for his whole Geography preparation. He took a blank notebook and noted down all the important points in around 50 pages.

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Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Current Work

Rao received national acclaim for his work in bringing the city back to the top of the country’s cleanest cities following the epidemic.

Kartik is currently under training for IPS at Hyderabad and he appeared in the exam during 15 days’ special leave. He wanted to become an IAS officer and hence, he appeared again and secured the highest rank ever by any candidate from Gujarat,” said Dr Nagjibhai, a pathologist and father of Jivani.

Jivani studied about 10 hours a day, mainly at night, as part of his preparation.

The Jivanis have lived in the city for several years, coming from Gariyadhar village in Bhavnagar district.

Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai Exam Hall Strategy

Develop the Elimination Technique

Practice the elimination technique in the exam hall. If you are sure about two options out of the 4, you can focus on them and pick one answer. To get better in this technique, you must give a lot of mock tests before the exam day.

The Options Trick

You can check the previous year’s question papers and notice that all 4 options have 25 right answers each. So, option A will be correct in 25 questions and the same goes for the other options.

This trick will help you at the end of the paper when you can choose between two consuming options with this trick. This trick was used by IPS Officer Jivani Kartik Nagjibhai in both his attempts.

For better GS Scores

He relied on limited sources for Mains. He prepared syllabus wise for this stage. Instead of reading the whole book page to page, you should read out what is laid out in the syllabus precisely.

Answer Writing

Again for this practice, you must give a lot of mock tests. This will help you develop in quality as well as presentation.


Without appropriate planning, a goal is little more than a fantasy. In the case of civil service, this is also true. The UPSC CSE, being the country’s most difficult exam, needs more than simple preparation. It necessitates what is known as “strategy plus preparation.” Aspirants and clever aspirants are separated by a thin line drawn by a sound plan. With fewer inputs, the latter gets more productive, while the former will become less fruitful with more sources.

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