IAS Ananya Das – 2014 UPSC Assam State topper secured 16 AIR

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Securing all India rank 16 in UPSC CES 2014, IAS Ananya Das made proud to his family, mentor, and city. The results of Indian Civil Service (IAS) have been published on Saturday where women have outshone. Ananya Das from Assam secured 16th rank. She is a native of Assam and one of the even candidates who secured their position in first 100.

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Educational background:

Ananya studied at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.

Marks obtained by IAS Ananya Das:

Essay Paper 141/250
GS Paper-I 99/250
GS Paper-II 88/250
GS Paper-III 86/250
GS Paper-IV 108/250
Optional-I 136/250
Optional-II 157/250
Written total 815/250
Interview 179/275


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Optional subject and strategy:

Ananya’s optional subject was political science and International Relations. Her choice of Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) as an optional was based solely on interest. She says coming from a largely technical background, she had no prior knowledge of the subject except what she had studied in GS.

There is a little similarity in the optional she chosen and the syllabus of GS.

  • Paper 1- Post independence India, Cold war phase of world history and beyond;
  • Paper 2 – polity and IR;
  • Paper 3- political economy, planning and eco dev, land reforms etc and;
  • Paper 4- thinkers, ideas of justice and equality;

I primarily followed Shubhra Ranjan Madam’s class notes. She referred to O. P. Gauba for some sections and though she read it after Mains, she found Rajeev Bhargava to be good for political ideals like Justice, Equality etc

For Indian Government and Politics, she read B L Fadia. The questions are much more analytical and dynamic and so keep an eye on the issues in public discourse.

For polity section, she referred to V N Khanna’s book on foreign policy. It is a little outdated but gave a good background. ‘Does the Elephant Dance’ by David Malone is an excellent book and is a great read.


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Answering strategy by IAS Ananya Das

She says writing an answer should be delivered in two parts. First and the most critical one is the recollection and organization that takes place in our heads and the second part is the pure execution of the same. In political science, she wrote in short paragraphs and avoided bullet points as she personally thought that as a specialist writing an answer, paragraphs imparted greater maturity and connectivity.  As she stated earlier, put the most important point first and the least in the end. Also, she used references of political thinkers wherever possible.

Ananya Das

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Message to UPSC aspirants:

  • Try and keep notes out of books.
  • Stick to your time schedule
  • Practice more.

Ananya Das at Vision IAS


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  1. Sneha shasha says:

    I’m am an Indian but I’m living in Sri Lanka so I’m asking that can I be a IPS officer in india



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