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Topper’s Story – Neha Yadav IFS, 2013


Neha Yadav had cleared the India’s toughest examination by clinching All India Rank 24th in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2013 and has brought laurels to her family at the age of 26 years and she opted for IFS. She was always fascinated by the idea of representing India on the world platform, it’s the ultimate privilege for her.

Marks Obtained

Total Marks Marks Obtained
Total (Written) 1750 684
Interview 275 188
Total 2025 872 (43.06%)

Family Background

Neha Yadav was born and brought up in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh and is a daughter of Narendra Yadav, an ex serviceman of Indian Air Force. Her mother is a house maker. She have 2 siblings and her brother Anurag stood beside her and helped her a lot.

God, family, lovely friends and teachers all of them were gems who owe quite a lot to her and it was because of their faith in her that gave her confidence.

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Educational Background

Neha Yadav finished her schooling from Jawaharlal Navoday Balaghat. She pursued her B.Sc degree from Gorakhpur University and completed her Post Graduation in Microbiology from Lucknow University in 2011. While she did her preparations for UPSC Exam from New Delhi at Vajiram & Ravi.

Optional Paper

Neha Yadav opted for Sociology as her optional subject.

Her typical day would begin with reading the newspaper, saving articles, reading the topic at hand 2-3 hrs GS, same for the optional, checking feeds for updates, practicing answer writing for 1-2 questions, watching videos of interest.

Attempts by Neha Yadav

She qualified the UPSC Civil Services Examination in her 2nd attempt. She failed in her very first attempt because she attempted it without much preparation.

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Preparation Strategy

Internet was the main source of preparation, she collected all the possible questions from various books and interview transcripts, and tried penning down all the answers and also practiced them in front of a camera recorder. Practice, Practice and Practice makes a man perfect.

She used to read things from various sources to get a better understanding, then write down things to remember on flash cards (census figures, economic data, acts, bills, schemes etc.)

Tips to Future Aspirants

  • Complete the whole syllabus and enroll yourselves in a test series for answer writing
  • Practice 5-6 essays regularly to perform well so that you can write fluently.
  • Focus on planned study, as variety to your sources.
  • Have faith in yourself and constantly find your weaknesses and try resolving them.

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Articles are written and edited by the Syskool Staffs.


  1. What are the basis of preparation after ISc i mean what may be the mode of preparation for a common student

  2. WELL DONE ! I AM PROUD OF YOU NEHA PLEASE ADVISE MY DAUGTER ALSO.she is also preparing for exam.

  3. I want to preparation of IAS exam and now I passed class 12in 2016 please suggest me that what i will do now coaching or self study

  4. How can I raise the interests in subjects like History, geography, Constitution and polity, because I caught much difficulty during starting these subjects because I’m a Engineering Passed out student so never studied these subjects previously anytime, so that’s why I many times give up when I can’t, so please suggest me what to do and don’t.

  5. Prafull when you write articles, which are meant to inspire civil service aspirants please make sure that they are grammatically correct.

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