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The Civil Services Examination is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The UPSC IAS exam is conducted for recruitment to diverse Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) amid others.With a meticulous examination process which goes on for almost a year, this exam is believed to be one of the toughest examinations in India with a success rate of around 0.1% to 0.3%.IAS Topper Anupama AnjaliOn 27th April 2018 evening, Union Public Service Commission declared the final result of Civil Services Exam 2017.Bhopal’s Anupama Anjali has cleared the UPSC IAS exam with appreciable scores. She is a mechanical engineering graduate and has clarified the exam in her second attempt.Her father is an IPS officer and is posted in Bhopal. She is also a social worker. In an interview with UPSC Pathshala, IAS topper Anupama Anjali shared her success mantra.Q. What Made You Pursue a Career in UPSC?I have grown up interacting with my father and grandfather who were both civil servants. I was deeply inspired by them. Living with them I realized how they could help people around them and how they could make very significant decisions. It became a motivation for me to pursue a career in UPSC.I have also worked as a social worker and have established my own NGO. I worked in the educational sector and have always felt that structural transformation can be brought about only by people who are within the government.Q. What Kept You Motivated While Preparing for this UPSC IAS Exam?This exam is tough, long and consuming. Qualifying the Prelims in the first attempt persuaded me to try and do better the next time. You should surround yourself with people who believe in you and keep your friend circle small.I only interacted with people who knew me very well and who encouraged me. I was lucky that I had a supporting family and relatives. I also practised meditation.Q. In terms of Prelims, What Was Your Strategy? Did You Attempt Any Mock Tests and How Important do You Think is Giving Tests in Prelims?I started giving absolute attention to prelims 3 months before the UPSC IAS exam. During that time I did not study anything related to optional subjects. I took about 40-50 tests during the preparation. I also spent some time analyzing the tests that I had given. I revised the tests regularly and learnt a lot from it.I feel giving tests is very important because it helps you to come at a safe estimate of the number of questions you have to attempt so that your score can improve. I suggest everybody should give as many tests as possible. I was very regular in studying current affairs. The key is keeping your material limited and revising it again and again.Also Read : How to Score 300+ In Sociology: The Best Optional for UPSC