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


  1. 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

  2. Respected sir,
    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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Congratulations……… Plzzzzz do work on right direction. I wish u nice work in future

  5. hello sir,i am company secretary and i want to join I.C.L.S..what rank i should achieve for qualify?

  6. Congratulations MONA for making it big. You have earned all the praises you are now receiving.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Sir,
    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.

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