Aboli Naravane IAS Tops in Maharashtra

Aboli Naravane stood first in the state of Maharashtra by scoring All India Rank 78th in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Exam at the age of 25. This was her dream which came true only because of her hard work, although she have a lot more to achieve. Her wish is to become the IRB Governor.

Aboli Naravane says, “her ultimate aim is to work on women empowerment projects and also want to focus on the education system and encourage students to join the civil services. This is a good career option for girls, and there are many who have done great service to the nation by joining IAS. She want to fulfill her dream of doing her duty as a citizen of India”.

Marks Obtained

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  1750 625
 Interview 275  201
 Total  2025  826 (40.79%)

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Family Background

Aboli Naravane belongs to Pune, Maharashtra. Her father Sunil Naravane is a retired officer from the Merchant Navy and her mother Meenal Naravane is a director of Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration (YASADA). Her sister Neha Kulkarni runs a travel agency. Her maternal uncle Rajiv Ranade is an IRS officer.

Educational Background

Aboli Naravane ia an alumnus of Vimlabai Garware Prashala. Aboli has completed her Masters in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. She enjoyed college life to the fullest, and being a trained Kathak dancer, she participated in the Firodia Trophy Intercollegiate Competitions in each of her college years. When she got bored of studying, she used to watch Sachin Tendulkar’s best innings and also read his biography again and again.

Attempts by Aboli Naravane

Aboli Naravane cracked the UPSC Exam in her third attempt. She hadn’t even managed to clear the UPSC Preliminary Exam in 2013 but stood at 78th rank across India and the first in the state. Aboli did not lose hope and attempted to go for the exams again by devoting as many as 13 hours a day. She pushed herself to the maximum limits and earned herself a 165 Rank and a posting in Indian Revenue Service in her second attempt and was undergoing training for the same before the results were declared.

Aboli Naravane took it up, but kept trying as becoming an IAS officer was her dream since childhood. Besides, she thought, she had nothing to lose as she was already a civil servant. She says that cracking the UPSC in her third attempt was relatively easier as she had a good grip on the syllabus and her aim was to improve the quality of her answers.

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Preparation Strategy

Aboli Naravane said she never subscribed to the misconception that one has to start studying for the IAS exams from Standard 10. Her mother always told her that hardwork can be substituted for intelligence, but intelligence cannot make up for hardwork. She made it her life’s mantra and dedicated 12-13 hours a day towards her preparation. When she didn’t clear the exam the first time, it was a huge shock for her. But she didn’t give up.


Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s life and career became a source of inspiration for Aboli Naravane. She is inspired as how he managed to silence people when they asked him to retire, battling his injuries and the phenomenal success he had, She wish to be able to retire as gracefully as he did. She also believes in Mahatma Gandhi’s teaching on decision making that any decision taken should be for the good of common people.

Advice for Younger Aspirants

  • Believe in hardwork and it pays.
  • Finishing the paper should be the first priority.
  • UPSC Board basically want to know is if your concepts are clear. Keep the language simple and show sensitivity towards the subject.
  • It is not compulsory to start the preparation from college days, but one can achieve success with the later preparation also.

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