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Neha Kumari IAS – Rank 26 in Civil Services Exam 2014

Neha Kumari made Jamshedpur proud by securing an All India Rank 26 in the 2014 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Examination.

Neha said “she would certainly opt for Jharkhand and like to work for improving the health sector as she is particularly disturbed at the levels of malnutrition in her home state”.

Marks Obtained by Neha Kumari

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  1750 827
 Interview 275  157
 Total  2025  984 (48.59%)

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Family Background

Neha Kumari was born and brought up in Jamshedpur. She is a daughter of Sunil Kumar Dubey, employee of Tata Motors. Her mother Usha Devi is a homemaker. She owe her success to her parents, school faculties and her friends, who always supported her and encouraged her to go for Civil Services qualifying examination

Educational Background

Neha Kumari is an alumnus of Vidya Bharati Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Jamshedpur. She did engineering in BE (electrical) from BIT Mesra and was recruited in Tata Steel. She quit her job with Tata Steel (senior manager) in 2014. After quitting the job she joined an IAS preparatory institute in Bangalore in early 2014 as she always wanted to become an IAS officer. Along with educational qualification, you need to have a cool mind, which can demonstrate extreme patience in challenging times.

Optional Paper

Neha Kumari opted for Anthropology as her optional subject. Neha’s Mains marks is among Top Ten scores in 2014 exam.

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Neha Kumari quited her job to prepare for the prestigious exam and she cracked it in her first attempt. In her very first attempt, she has secured All India Rank – 26 in 2014 Civil Services Examination. She is an example to prove that anyone who works hard consistently by following a right strategy, would succeed no matter what comes in their way.

Preparation Strategy

From the Day – 1 to till Mains Exam – 2014, Neha Kumari worked very hard. She revised what she read. She followed a single strategy – read and write relentlessly what’s relevant for the exam. It was during the course of her preparations for the IAS exam at the institute that she realized being academically sound is not enough to achieve success in the tough competitive exam such as UPSC. Neha Kumari says, “You can succeed if you have faith in you abilities and in a strategy that you choose to follow”.

Tips for Young Aspirants

  • Just believe in yourself and be consistent.
  • Take daily at least 1 hour of answer writing practice to improve your presentation skills, answer structure, speed and time management, finally to maximise their marks.
  • With strong will power and right desire you can succeed in this exam.
  • Follow one strategy that works for you.

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