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.
In preliminary Test her optional subject was Sociology
In Mains Exam her optional subject was Sociology and English Literature.
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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.
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Hello Sir, I am a simple BA,May I try.?
ofcourse , u need only graduate for civil services
If you have completed BA from recognized university ….then you can attempt for civil services.
Sir, I am Jayesh and i am completed BCom but my % is 39. May i try this exam,
i m in first year of engineering and i have die hard dream of clearing ias.so plz tell me when should i start my preparation for upsc
I’m ty b.com student. My dream is only to became an IAS officer.
For that I want ur guidance. Can IAS exam taken only in English.?
How can I apply for the civil service exam.
I m a bca student can I prepare for the IAS
Would it be difficult
Not at all. Start preparing for IAS exam along with your BCA studies and u will be eligible after having bachelors degree. U shud be 21 yrs old to be eligible.
Sir iam complete my graduation with correspondence can I prepare for IAS
Sir , please suggest books for socilogy also notes which i can easily read. I am from engg. Background.
i’m doing my masters degree in english language nd literature …i too had dream for civil services frm childhood ….bt bcz of lack of guidence i am not able to decide how i shuld start preparing for it ….frm where i shld start …plzz help me …am a beginer……i have start frm th beggning ..
Look for a good IAS academy in your town. Go for foundation course and you will clear various doubts.
Congratulations……… Plzzzzz do work on right direction. I wish u nice work in future
Hi I am likith I have less academic in engineering can I try I have 61%
can I change the medium English to Assamese after qualified the prelims
How many optional subjects are required to choose in UPSC mains examination??
hello sir,i am company secretary and i want to join I.C.L.S..what rank i should achieve for qualify?
Congratulations MONA for making it big. You have earned all the praises you are now receiving.
How can I prepare myself for Civil services whereas my graduation background is Commerce . So how B.com will beneficial to me in regards of civil services……
It’s doesn’t matter which background in graduation the main thing is which subject u really like to study which subject is interesting for u u know what many b.tech background students crack IAS exam and u know many b.tech students has optional subject in mains exam is arts subject and they crack IAS exam with good marks.. So I tell u don’t worry which background in graduation just focus and decide which subject is best and easy for you for preparing IAS exam specially in mains… So keep hard work think big your dreams comes true….Thank you
Hello sir. I am preparing for Clat bt my aim is to became an IAS officer bt I want to take backup for IAS I want to ask u is Clat is better backup for IAS and I ask which subject in graduation is best for preparing IAS exam… Pls sir give some tips for IAS exam suggest me best institute for preparing IAS exam……. Thank you
Me Aqib from kashmir is currently doing BSc.MLT(Med.Lab Technolgy/ Pathology)
Final year.May u suggest me which optional subject will remain best for me.
Infact i m interesting with chosing med.science but the syllabus is too vast, suggest something regarding this too.
helo sir i had bsc from mp open university .. can i try
Sir. how to balanced of thinking I hon not trust by my self please give some ideas on my mail
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