Rukmani Riar’s strong determination led her to become an IAS officer. Becoming an IAS offficer was the result of her strong determination, true struggle and hardwork. Rukmani Riar has secured the second rank in the Civil Services Examination in her first attempt. Rukmani wanted to become an IAS officer so that she can use her experience and training to serve the nation in a better way.

In states Punjab and Haryana, that have been in the news for discriminating against the girl child and having the worst sex ratios in the country, the two women have done proud by topping the civil services examination and bagging the first and second positions. The first position in the civil services exam has gone to Shena Aggarwal of Yamuna Nagar in Haryana. And Rukmani Riar had secured the second rank in Civil Services Exam of 2011.

Marks Obtained

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  2000 1097
 Interview 300  230
 Total  2300  1327 (57.70%)

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Family Background

Rukmani Riar was born and brought up in Chandigarh. Her father Baljinder Singh Riar is a lawyer in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Her mother Takdeer Kaur is a housemaker. She is the only child of her parents.

Rukmani Riar said, “My hard work has paid off and I am very happy. I credit my parents, teachers, friends, and above all God for the success”.

Educational Background

Rukmani Riar did her schooling from Sacred Heart School at Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. After that she did her class 12 from Shivalik Public School, Mohali. Rukmani Riar completed her graduation in social sciences from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in 2008. She also holds a master degree in social entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, 2010. Rukhmani Riar also received Gold Medals in her Post Graduation for securing the first position all three years in the University.

Rukmani Riar has interned with the Planning Commission of India and NGOs in Karnataka and Maharashtra for researching and understanding various social policies and finding ways to help them make a positive impact upon society.

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Optional Paper

Rukmai Riar opted for Political Science and Sociology as her optional subjects.

“Ever since I failed in Class 6, I am scared of failure. It was very depressing. But after that incident, I made up my mind that I won’t sulk and complain. I will work hard and give things my best. I believe that if one decides to persevere and come out of that phase, nothing can stop you achieving success,” says Rukmani Riar, UPSC all-India second topper of the 2011 batch.


Rukmani Riar did not opt for any coaching and cleared the Civil Services Exam in her very first attempt.

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Preparation Strategy of Rukmani Riar

Rukmani Riar says, “I think my consistency, hard work, determination, persistence and consistency were basis of my preparation and the key to success. Specific reading, emphasis on every topics as well as subtopic and repeated revisions was my strategy”.

Rukmani Riar recommended NCERT books from 6th to 12th. She read the newspapers exhaustively for the interview and attended mock sessions to make her self more confident and reduce her follies. She revised the notes made from the newspaper at least 2-3 times before the Prelims and read editorials once before the Mains. She read each topic along with the articles which makes the preparation more through. Rukmani Riar also solved previous year question papers and also practiced expected questions to give herself a fair idea about the level of preparation.

Revision is the key to score well in GS. Rukmani Riar made a consistent effort to revise conventional GS at least 4 times before the Mains, and also go back to newspaper notes and magazines (marked portions). When it comes to attempting the GS mains two things were important one, she sticked to the word limit and second, attempt all the questions that she was sure of. She scored 250 plus in both the papers.

Advice for Future Aspirants

  • If you are consistent and perseverant in your preparation, you can crack the exam without coaching.
  • One should choose to make notes from the paper daily and keep the editorials which can help immensely help to answer essay, bilateral and international sections with ease and efficiency.
  • The long answers questions should be attempted first and 2 markers should be attempted in the end.
  • Read essays and attempt various topics before you sit in the exam.

Work hard and the Sky is the limit. If I could do it, each of you can just do as well and and nothing can stop.

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  1. My name is aashish saini. I passed 12th last year. And now student in B.A. 1st year.
    I want become a IAS officer . Please guide Me.

  2. can you please suggest that is coaching is mandatory?
    if one gets below 60%marks in one’s graduation then how badly that affect him or her? ??

  3. ਅਸੀਂ ਬਹੁਤ ਖੁਸ ਹਾਂ ਪੂਰੀ ਪੰਜਾਬੀਅਤ
    ਦਾ ਨਾਮ ੳੱਚਾ ਕੀਤਾ । ਪਰਮਾਤਮਾ ਚੜਦੀ
    ਕਲਾ ਰੱਖੇ।

    • Hi
      Heartiest congratulations..

      I am IT professional and I wanted to secured good marks in upsc exam. I m preparing for 2017 upsc exam . Please help me to prepare for the exam . I unable to make study plan and what exactly I have to read n prepare. My contact number is 9823612508 or email id :

      Thanks and regards
      Puja Banerjee

  4. Amit ,you can qualify Ias even if u score 50%.Marks don’t matter ,quality & Quantity of hardwork matters.

  5. Amit ,you can qualify Ias even if u score 50%.Marks don’t matter ,quality & Quantity of hardwork matters.Good luck

  6. i want prepration of IAS but.. i don’t know.. from i should strt my study.. plz give me a beter guide line..

  7. my name is meenakshi .now i m student of final year in social sciences in gndu amritsar . I want to become IAS officer .pls guide me mam

  8. My name is Pankaj Soni ,I’m student of BE final year but not decide how to prepare for IAS/other upsc exam.please suggest me

  9. You are brilliant ma’am. I mean you got Rank 2 in your 1st attempt and that too without attending any coaching. That’s really wonderful and inspiring.

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