Dr. Bharti Dixit got one of the top 5 ranks in the prestigious IAS exams that too in her very first attempt. She was the only woman who made it to the top five slots of Union Public Service Commission Examination in the year 2013. Bharti gives the credit of her success to God and her Family for their support.

bharti dixit iasEducation:

Bharti completed her schooling from Holy Child Auxilium, R.K. Puram in Delhi. She did her MBBS Graduate from Lady Hardinge Medical College of Delhi, was the top scoring woman candidate with overall fifth rank.

Dr. Bharti Dixit had also qualified UPSC combined medical services exam 2012 with AIR 13 and joined New Delhi Medical Officer (NDMC) as a medical officer and examine patients on daily basis.

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Optional Subject:

As Bharti was from a Science background, she was clear with her own subject Medical Science.


Bharti Dixit followed simple strategy for UPSC preparation. She said must read syllabus and an intuition of examiner’s expectations the candidate must know.  Bharti said she commenced preparation with NCERT books and built up her knowledge.

Regular Newspaper reading The Hindu, listening to AIR news and programs daily and watching Rajya Sabha TV programs were integral part of her study plan.

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Key Factors:

The factors behind Bharti’s brilliant performance in Civil Services Exam was Confidence that she had in herself and the next other thing was the Passion to excel and realise her dream which made her work very hard and achieve her goal.

Tips and Message for future Civil Services Aspirants:

  • Recognize your strength and weakness
  • Build upon your strengths and minimise your weaknesses.
  • Devise your own strategy and do not blindly follow what others say.
  • Study with full devotion and dedication
  • Quality of study matters more than the number of hours you put in.
  • Think 100 times before deciding anything, but not even once after you have taken the decision.

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Some of important questions answered by Bharti in an Interview

How was your interview board (numbers)? Did you also find any uneasy moment during your interview? How did you tackle that?

Bharti Dixit: I was interviewed by board chaired by Ms. Rajni Razdan with four other members on April 25, 2014. The uneasy moment was when they asked me about Ms. Durga Shakti Nagpal’s issue. They wanted to know my opinion on that issue and they were refuting my stands and arguments. However, I was firm on my stand till the end and finally they were pleased with the conviction with which I held on to my stands when everyone was going averse.

What was your preparation strategy for Prelims and Mains level exam?

Bharti Dixit:First thing about my strategy for Prelims was that I memorized the syllabus. Aptitude is something that a person always has with himself or herself so the aptitude test does not really require any serious preparation. But attending plenty of mocks tests is must. For preparing GS, the NCERT books and Newspapers are the best sources. First try to be thorough with primary sources and then go to secondary sources such as coaching materials.

Under strategy for Mains, first thing I did was the same, I memorized the syllabus. Mains preparation requires exhaustive study. Going through Government websites, Govt of India reports, approach paper for 12th Plan, ARC, Economic Survey, newspapers and magazines, etc is must. Listening to AIR spotlight, current affair, interview programmes, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha TV programmes is also a must. For essay practice, I wrote an essay on current happenings on daily basis. Also I prepared a few ideological essays with in-depth coverage. At the same time language papers also need to be taken seriously as many candidates even after scoring very good marks in GS lose because of their poor performance in language papers.

What was your strategy for interview?

For interview, I extensively prepared for probable questions around my profile with attention to even the minute details which may have been overlooked all these years, starting from the most incipient stages, schooling, college, job profiles and native place. I tried to analyse current happenings in-depth with unbiased opinion. I knew that just the problems are not to be highlighted but solutions to those problems were to be suggested. The most important part was my attitude to be confident and hold stand till the last. It’s all about being yourself. Interview is ideally a test of honesty and integrity of a candidate.

What was your optional subject at mains level? How did you divide your preparation schedule among the different subjects?

Bharti Dixit: My optional subject was Medical Science. My in-depth study of medical science during graduation gave me an edge as it saved a lot of time for coaching and learning so that I could spend more time on General Studies. It also helped me at interview stage as questions from graduation are inevitable part of one’s interview.

For General Studies paper, I did extensively-focused preparation of important and selected topics. My method was to learn something of everything (like topics which are difficult and not of my interest) and everything of something (most important topics and the topics which I like and have an interest).


  1. I also want to clear upsc i first attempt and i m going through certain news, papers bt what extra to go through , several persons say several things and im confused im a secobd yr student bca background. I need some help madam.

  2. I have a doubt sir….
    Many of toppers were scored rank,Distinction..or etc in their educational life r in graduation.
    Is there any possible to crack IAS exame by low scored students in his study career..
    Plz suggest me…im nt a high scoring student…but i want to crack exam….

    • its nt matter that whats ur school and college score in UPSC CSE u should have a high level confidence and a deep intense for ur goal and devlope a positive potentiol dont think that i will clear the exam or nt only kept in ur mind that i will do it at any cost

    • Agar jeetne ka jajba ho to afganistan jaisi team bhi world cup jeet sakti hai.
      Isiliye jaroori ye nahi ki aap pahle kya the.
      Jaroori ye hai ki aap ab kya ho

    • It depends on ur dedication if weren’t interested in all those things u did no problem u are interested in this and if u give ur full commitment Ull surely crack it

  3. Please mujhko bataye ki mujh kids tarha se teyaari karna chahiye mene aabhi inter science she kiya he or Arab mujhkya karna chahiye

    • abhi aapne itnter science se kiya hai to pehle aap apna graduate complete kijiye aur sath mei NCERT ki books bi padte rahi apne free time jissd aapki GS strong ho jayegi aur aap Newspaper daily padiye.
      best of luck

  4. Which institute I should join for mock test and overall upsc preparations .. plz suggest.. I m doing Msc in Botany .. so preferring botany for mains will be more convenient????

  5. Currently m doing bsc with phy, maths and computer as subjects.. Which subject shud i choose for Optional other than my subjects…. Nd hw shud i start preparation if m going to appear in 2018 n must hv to crack in ist attempt…..

  6. I am in 12th class i want to be an ias but everyone says me its not the right time … i would like to ask u when would be right time?….

    • Khusbu ji its right time to start prepration but do not involve completly bcz first of all u should focus on ur graduation bcz graduation is essential qualification for participating in the exam. here u have 3 to 4 yrs and this is a long period of time so use this time and read NCERT books of class 6 to 15 and beside it focus on current events and also strong ur one fav subject for Mains
      Best of Luck and start

    • Khusboo ji its right time to start prepration but do not involve completly bcz first of all u should focus on ur graduation bcz graduation is essential qualification for participating in the exam. here u have 3 to 4 yrs and this is a long period of time so use this time and read NCERT books of class 6 to 15 and beside it focus on current events and also strong ur one fav subject for Mains
      Best of Luck and start

    • Khusboo ji its right time to start prepration but do not involve completly bcz first of all u should focus on ur graduation bcz graduation is essential qualification for participating in the exam. here u have 3 to 4 yrs and this is a long period of time so use this time and read NCERT books of class 6 to 12 and beside it focus on current events and also strong ur one fav subject for Mains .
      Best of Luck and start

  7. Mam now my slf in class 11 from Patna kendriya vidyalaya…my aim becames to an ias ..soo how to stdy such that I will qualify the ias xam…Also which subject should be opt for ias xam..like pcm,arss etc..

  8. I m pursuing B.Com Hons from SBSC, Delhi University. I m in 1st year. What should b my first step towards CSE ? All say start with NCERT books. But starting with some standard books with ncert will b a good option i guess ! Help !!
    Thank you

  9. interview should be in english or not. i m from engg background so which subjectu is best for optional maths or other because i like maths but its time taken subject so what i to do for optional sub…

  10. Sir,currently i am doing b.sc with mathematics as a main subject.this year i complete my graduation .i wants to appear in civil service exam this year.what did i do sir,please suggest me.Are mathematics is a good optional subject for for civil service mains exam?…..

  11. Sir I am student of MBA 2nd year from GLA university. Sir I want to preparation for IAS but my problem is that my job.I also earn money for further education or competition preparation…. Can i success both job and IAS ?
    Plzz help me

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  13. hello mam . congratulations for your remarkable feat !
    i am an mbbs student and also an ias aspirant . should i go for pg after graduation or try for upsc? please advice mam.

  14. Plz give tips for preliminary. ..I b.tec student Ihave only 2 mnth becoz my semester is running full may…and I have studied ncert
    What should my next step plz suggest me

  15. I m engineering student.. i need inspiration ..i hv will to crack upsc. … some guidance is required.. i m postgraduate.
    How much time it will require for orepration… i am good in gk and current events.
    I also want to onow about what optional subject should i choose

  16. Sir I’m first year student of bsc(pcm) &. I m doing it with cheating to paid my full attention on gs &other subjects..plzz sir guide me it will right for me or not ..
    Sir .. tell me
    I shall b highly obliged to u

  17. mem I’m in BA with English sociology history what I take as optional subject and my interest in history

  18. i m persuing bsc physics right now, i want to attend ias exam in 2018, what the main subject i should chhose?? please guide me

  19. Sir/Mam, I have completed my M.Sc in Physics an now I desperately want to appear for upsc exam,I thereby want you to suggest me the way of how to prepare it.I have chosen history as an optional subject because i hv an interest on it an physics becomes a bit difficult fo competitive exam.So can you please suggest me of how to prepare for it and wat books to follow.

  20. Hello sir I just completed my collage .I am not good scoring student but I saw only 1dream since my childhood so please suggest me best coaching in Delhi where I improve myself and crack the upsc exam…

  21. I m currently working with psb as po. I want to clear ias exam. Plz guide me how to start and what strategies should be followed to be in the toppers list… ? I m already 27 year old. Time is also vry less. Plz. Suggest…

  22. plz suggest me when I should start preparing for upsc as now I am just MBBS 1st student? What can I do up to complition of my course & how for UPSC?

  23. Mam i hv little knowledge of GK since school days …now i m doing MBBS in sms medical college 2nd year…i want to prepare for UPSC…what should i do for it.??..to fight it after graduation..

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