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Mona Pruthi IAS Exam Topper 2005

IAS Exam Topper Mona Pruthi was a Delhi University student turned teacher turned IRS before joining as IAS. She topped the Civil Service Exam held in 2005-06 to join the most prestigious service in India. She is among very few girls to have this title of IAS Exam Topper.

Her father Late N. L. Pruthi was an Additional Session Judge and a great source of motivation and support for her who always encouraged her in the journey of excellence. But he was no more to she her success.

Number of Attempts

It was her Third Attempt which made her the IAS exam topper. But even before this success she was already in Indian Revenue Service working for Custom and Excise Department, Govt. of India.

Optional Subjects

In preliminary Test her optional subject was Sociology

In Mains Exam her optional subject was Sociology and English Literature.

Also Read: IAS Toppers – Optional Subjects, Home State, Service Opted

Preparation strategy

For Preliminary: Wide and extensive study

For Mains: Selective and in-depth study

Selection of good books for IAS preparation is important, and newspapers. Among news papers she used to read The Hindu and the Economic Times.

What helped her in success?

  • Good Writing Skill
  • Balanced Thinking
  • Analytical Approach
  • Good Academic Records
  • Excellent Grasping Power

She says that to read, to think, to write and think again is the best procedure aspirants can follow.


School – Apeejay Public School, Faridabad, Haryana

B.A (Hon.) – She completed her graduation with English Hons. from Delhi University’s Lady Sriram College in which she proudly secured First Position.

M. Phil. – She has also done M.Phil. in English Literature from Delhi University.

What was she doing before becoming IAS Exam Topper?


In her second attempt (2004-05) she qualified for IRS in civil services exam. She was working at Custom and Excise Department.

Prior to this she has been teaching English at Maharaja Agrasen College in New Delhi for Three Years.

Also Read: IAS Topper Shena Aggarwal (Rank 1) – PMT Topper, AIIMS Doctor, 12th Topper, IRS