Topper’s Story – Patna Girl Neha Prakash, IAS

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Neha Prakash, a girl from Patna did the city proud by securing AIR – 22 in the Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) in 2011.

Neha Prakash has become a role model for the Civil Services aspirants as she did not go for any coaching. She advises them, “Firstly, they should shed the notion that the Civil Services Examination is too tough to qualify rather than they should have full faith in their abilities.” She also says what matters is smart strategy and putting it into practice.

Marks Obtained by Neha Prakash

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  2000 1058
 Interview 300  186
 Total  2300  1244 (54.09%)

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Family Background

Neha’s father Jai Prakash is employed in Union Ministry of agriculture and posted in Bihar, and mother Priti Prakash is a house maker. Neha Prakash got married to Vaibhav Srivastava IAS of West Bengal cadre, 2009 batch.

Educational Background

Neha completed her higher and secondary schooling from Notre Dame, Patna. She did Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Scince from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM-Lucknow. Before cracking UPSC Exam she was working at Deloitte Consulting.

She said, “Working with a multinational corporation, and making profits for a foreign corporation does not provide her an opportunity to work for the people of her country, which the Civil Services would do. So she decided to join it.”

Optional Paper

Neha Prakash opted for Sociology and Management as her optional paper. She picked up Sociology as it was her liking and Management was her own subject as she did MBA. Every candidate should have their own liking and capabilities to choose the optional subjects. Interest in a subject and one’s exposure is must to be the only guiding factors to fetch good marks.

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Attempts

This was Neha’s 1st attempt and she was fully confident about her preparation. She qualified it at the age of 29 years and expressed delight at her achievement.

Success Strategy

Time Management is one of the key factors of success and the best TM is to utilize every second rather than every minute. She attributed her success to her parents who were always by her side and their diehard attitude, supported her wholeheartedly in her efforts.

Tips for Young Aspirants

  • Believe in yourself. Have confidence in everything you do.
  • Extensive reading of newspapers is a must for every aspirant.
  • Self study with full confidence can help you better than any coaching.
  • Refine, Refresh and Revise the topic gained over a period of time.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. Sir koi aise story btao jisme candidate average ho par fir v ias qualify kr gya ho ab jiske 10th 12th m he 90-90% marks ho i mean jisko buniyadi shiksa he itni achi mili ho wo to qualify krega he, hum jaise avg student v ias qualify kr skte h agr aisa koi example ho to btao!

  2. Don’t make it a founding step for any competitive exam , that one should have got 90%marks in bord exam ,it is not necessary because some learn by mistakes & then they may become able how to do some thing perfectly & easily .it is upto you only & only ,if you it goal in real sense then you will do it by means of self confidence ..

  3. Don’t make it a founding step for any competitive exam , that one should have got 90%marks in bord exam ,it is not necessary because some learn by mistakes & then they may become able how to do some thing perfectly & easily .it is upto you only & only ,if you make it a goal in real sense then you will do it by means of self confidence ..

  4. Sir i am an average student.I am not also good at sports.But i want to serve my people.I want to save the people from all criminals.Can i become an I.P.S. Officer?

  5. Congrats! Nice to watch your success story.. Good to know youe choose to serve the people of the country.. I have the same mindset.. toserve for my country… itz a motivation for most of the candidates..who are into self studies.. A Right strategies and time management is the key as you said to believe in oneself.. we need this kind of motivation too for the prepration…Thanks for the motivation.. and congrats once again..
    I am available on somnathbhattasali@gmail.com and +918961350646…
    Thank you…

  6. sir plzzz tell how many times are nedd 2 read for ias ..and books nam whose books are read neha mam plzzz ….aur han bhai los sucess hone k liye 10 ya 12 th m 90% ya usse v abov rhna jruri ny h ..jruri h labour nd self confidenc ..aur han aaplog jaise hi kuch studnt h jo ki ias k exam m try v krte dur se hi hard smjhte h to sucess kha se honge…self confindnc + labour+skill devplmnt+tim managmnt =sucess ok

  7. i am realy satisfied with the story of all qualified IAS officers…..These stories encourage me more…….so now i have Aim to become IAS officer…..
    I select myself psychology and sociology as optional subject……

    My Aim is to helf the people……
    It will become cause for me…
    To go in Paradise ……
    INSHAALLAH……

  8. Sir I’m recently completed my 12th sci examination and now I want to prepare for the UPSC examination so which stream is the best? plz rply

  9. A Right strategies and time management is the key as you said to believe in oneself.. we need this kind of motivation too for the prepration…Thanks for the motivation.. and congrats

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