(Success Story) UPSC 2021 TOPPER, AIR-12 Yasharth Shekhar On Cracking UPSC Exams

(Success Story) UPSC 2021 TOPPER, AIR-12 Yasharth Shekhar On Cracking UPSC Exams

Yasharth Shekhar has secured the 12th rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination, 2021. He is a native of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He appeared in the UPSC Exam thrice. In his first attempt, he couldn't even qualify for the preliminary examination. On the second attempt, he reached the interview stage but couldn't make his name in the final list. Finally he secured All India Rank 12th in his third attempt. During an interview, by sharing his happiness he said,

"Everybody desires a rank but most importantly the name in the list. He also just wanted to see his name in the list and when he found his rank was 12th he was on cloud nine. Further he added, he was very grateful to get that.”


He studied at City Montessori School, Lucknow till class 10th. After that he went to La Martiniere College for class 12th. He completed his graduation with Economics (Hons) from St Stephens College, Delhi University. He also took Economics as his optional subject. After his graduation, he started preparing for the  UPSC exam.



One of the best tools for an aspirant is previous years solved question papers. Yasharth advised the aspirants; include solved paper sets in your study schedule with a detailed explanation. This will help you understand the conceptual aspect which will help to answer many similar questions. This becomes very important for mains examination also.



Focus on answer writing because writing helps in internalising what you have read. This assumes greater significance when you have to read a huge syllabus. He said that his focus has been more on writing essays. Despite its importance, essay papers often do not get the attention that they deserve from aspirants. Essay papers are equally important as GS papers. Your answers should be relevant, correct, crisp, adhere to the word limit and coherent.


Yasharth said he used to read the newspaper regularly. It keeps him updated on the current happenings in and around the world. Newspapers also help in answer writing also such as facts, data etc.


Self-assessment is an essential part of UPSC preparation. Yasharth said you will get an idea of your level of preparation when you solve previous years question papers. You make mistakes and you learn from them. Analyze the mistake and redefine your strategy. This will definitely help you perform in the actual exam.

At last Yasharth advised the aspirants; remember there is no shortcut for UPSC preparation. Study hard but don't put yourself in the shadow of stress and anxiety. Stay positive. Do meditation and Yoga. For relaxation, Yasharth says he used to watch cricket or movies. For relaxation, Yasharth says he would watch cricket or movies. Being patient with your journey, while consistently working towards goals and learning from mistakes will help you to manage exam anxiety and establish the balanced mental framework needed for success.

Follow the steps Yasharth wishes you good luck with the preparation.



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