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.


Hard work and self-confidence are key ingredients for achieving success in life, said Madhya Pradesh’s Jagrati Awasthi, the topper among women candidates in the civil services examination 2020, and expressed her wish to work for the development of rural areas when she joins the country’s bureaucracy.

“After completing my BTech from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) in Bhopal, I joined Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL). I worked there from 2017-2019. But since childhood I had a dream of becoming a district collector and work in social areas,” she said.


With the announcement of final results of Civil Service Examination (CSE) by UPSC, talks around the preparation strategies of the toppers have been going round the corner. While UPSC aspirants are eyeing how these toppers managed to study all subjects simultaneously, we bring to you the blueprint crafted and followed by Jagrati Awasthi, AIR 2, and the highest ranking female candidate in UPSC CSE.

In her second attempt, Jagrati had immense time to devote to her preparation, thanks to the pandemic, and she utilized it to the maximum. She used the negative news of the time as a source of motivation, considering the fact that many people do not even have enough to eat. Since she is one of the few who are privileged, it becomes her duty to study hard and become a part of the system to serve the society.

Apart from family members' motivation, Jagrati used an 8-10-12-14 approach. This technique was more about developing the core strength needed to study for extended periods of time without becoming exhausted. She began by studying for 8 to 10 hours each day, then raised it to 10 to 12 hours, and then, approximately two months before the exam, upped it to 12 to 14 hours per day.

While Jagrati prepared most of the subjects online, she relied on common resources for UPSC Preparation.

For Current Affairs, she referred to The Hindu for the Mains exam.

Source - Various Internet Sources