The UPSC civil services exam is one of the most competitive exams conducted in India. It is attempted by lakhs of candidates every year. However, only a fraction of those come out with flying colours in the end. Clearing this exam gives an entry into the prestigious civil services of the country. As soon as the IAS results are announced, the UPSC toppers gain limelight in the country.The IAS toppers serve as an inspiration to thousands of young people who aspire to clear the Civil Services Exam.


As his family was very poor so they cannot afford to send his son to the private school. But they tried their best to educate their children. He did hard work and got an admission to a government school and completed his studies.

He completed his studies from Government Junior School, Palasa, Andhra Pradesh. After completing his 10th class, he opted for science. After completing his school he did a teacher training for 2 years and selected as a government teacher. He did his training at Dubacharla, West Godavari District. He started his job as a government teacher in 2006.

He said that at that time getting a job was his first priority as he had to earn his own livelihood. When he was a school teacher he secretly appeared for his graduation.



As every plan has some strategy. The strategy makes a plan successful, if you will plan your strategy smartly then you can achieve your dream easily. The strategy he used to follow is discussed below:

Optional Subject

The optional subject will help you to score well in your exam. You have to choose an appropriate optional subject for you. Always choose an optional subject you are comfortable with. Never go for a subject which you don’t know.

As Gopal had done his schooling in Telugu medium so, he was very frequent with the Telugu language and he chooses Telugu Literature as his optional subject for CSE. He also said, “With the help of the Telugu interpreter, I could face the interview boldly”. His strategy helped him a lot to achieve his dream.

Learn from your Failures

As Gopal also attempted 3 times before his 4th attempt. He also had to see some failures in his life. But he never gets disheartened by his failures. He examines his first three attempts and finds out all the weaknesses. Then he worked on his weaknesses which helped him to clear the exam.

So, always learn from your mistakes or failures. Failures will tell you where you have to work and where you are strong.

Money is not a Barrier

Nowadays technology is very vast. You can study anytime and anywhere. You can use the study materials which are available online. You can read newspapers, you can read NCERTs. Never treat anything as a barrier.

Source - Various Internet Sources