Civil Services 2003 Topper Ankur Garg, IAS Rank 1

Reading Time: 3 minutesAnkur Garg became the youngest IAS officer at the age of 22 by clearing the Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC in the year 2003. He had topped the Civil Service Examinations and secured first rank. He had the sole aim of his life since he was in Class 3. Becoming an IAS officer was the sole aim of Ankur’s life since childhood, which was opted by him in 3rd standard.

IAS is a career and you should make your own decision based on your temperament, competence and interest in administrative issues. He could not imagine himself in any other job so he chose to opt for the Civil Services. But then, its a personal decision and may vary from person to person.

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Family Background

Ankur Garg belongs to a family of doctors from Patiala in Punjab. His father, Dr KC Garg is a Plastic surgeon, and his mother, Parveen Garg is a child specialist and are working in Government Rajindra Hospital. His younger sister was a student of MBBS at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi and she is a Doctor.

Educational Background

Ankur Garg completed Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and passed out in the year 2002. He did the third year of his engineering studies from INSA, Lyon, France as an exchange student. Besides this, he also did a 3 month internship at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

He had been amongst the good students throughout his school and college days. As Civil Services was always at the top of his mind, he did not take up any job with any of the MNCs and software companies that came to IIT campus for recruitment.

Attempt by Ankur Garg

Ankur Garg gave the Civil Service Exam immediately after completion of his graduation and in his very first attempt he cracked the UPSC Exam and became the topper of year 2003.

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Optional Paper

He opted for Physics and Chemistry as his optional paper because it was his favourite subjects since childhood.

Success Strategy

Achieving in Civil Service shows your hard work and dedication. To achieve Civil Service one should not be good with his academic background. There is no secret of success. One just needs the blessings of God, the good wishes of parents, teachers and friends and sincere and single-minded devotion. That is he open formula for success.

Ankur Garg said he had been studying between three to four hours daily for the Preliminary Examination after which he put in eight to nine hours for the Mains Examination.

Tips for young Aspirants

  • The youth who are preparing for Civil Services should have touch with current affairs also because our work is to do the service to public.
  • Be sincere and single minded devotion is compulsory to achieve success.
  • Set the goal and never let this goal out of your sight.
  • Going through the newspapers regularly is another absolute essential.
  • Be well connected through internet for more flow of information.

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