Ayushi Jain IAS Biography, UPSC Marksheet, Age, Rank, Optional Subject, Notes

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Hi All,

I am Ayushi Jain, and I graduated from IIITDM Jabalpur with a degree in mechanical engineering. I’m from Dag, which is in the Rajasthan state of Jhalawar. About my journey with UPSC, I have tried a total of 5 times:

Ayushi Jain UPSC Booklist

A brief history of modern India (Spectrum)Get Book
Indian Art and Culture by Nitin SinghaniaGet Book
Certificate Physical & Human Geography by GC LeongGet Book
AtlasGet Book
Indian Polity by LaxmikanthGet Book
Indian EconomyGet Book
Shankar IAS EnvironmentGet Book
Internal Security and Disaster Management by AshokGet Book

Ayushi Jain UPSC Marksheet (Prelims)

Ayushi Jain UPSC Marksheet (Prelims)
Roll Number 1122806
Name Ayushi Jain
Paper 1 Unknown
Paper 2 Unknown


Optional Paper 1 137
Optional Paper 2 139
Written Total 802
Personality Total 202
Final Total 1004

Ayushi Jain Biography

Ayushi Jain Biography
NameAyushi Jain
All India Rank74 Rank
Roll Number1122806
Optional SubjectGeography
  • I couldn’t pass prelims on my first try (CSE 2018).
  • On my second try, I passed the main exam and had an interview, but I didn’t make it onto the list.
  • I got an AIR 85 on my third try (CSE 2020).
  • On my fourth try, I still couldn’t pass prelims.
  • The CSE 2022 was my fifth try, and I got the 74th place in all of India.
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List of books and general plan for getting ready

  • Polity: “Polity” by Laxmikanth. • Modern History: “NCERT of 12th class once or twice, then switched to Spectrum publication’s book.” • Ancient History: “NCERT + Lucent.” Didn’t read much about the Middle Ages, but I did read Lucent.
  • Shankar’s book on the environment
  • Sriram IAS book on economics
  • Geography: NCERT 11th and 12th, and Vajiram yellow book
  • International relations: recent events + vision 365
  • Society: short notes found by Googling terms from the course outline; • Science and Technology: current events.
  • Vision 365: internal security
  • Disaster management- forum IAS guide
  • Ethics: Mudit Jain sir’s approach (not from the book, but from his notes). • Current affairs: VisonIas magazines and sometimes forum IAS Dipin sir’s notes.

Coaching institute joined by Ayushi Jain

• No coaching for GS;

• Optional: Vajiram;

• GS test series: vision (2019), forum (2022);

• Geography test series: ALS in 2020 and MSP by Edukemy;

• Mock interviews: at Deeksha in Hyderabad.

Particular Suggestions Prelims: Read several times and edit many times

  • Answered 50 tests, including 15 full-length tests from various coachings; • Took notes on specific things after analysing the answers to the tests;Solve the 10-year PYQ and look up each answer choice on Google. • Look for PYQ beyond 10 years as well.

Possible reasons for failing to pass prelims twice

  • 1st attempt- I didn’t change much. I also read a lot of facts.
  • 4th try: The results for cse 2020 just came out a few days ago, so I couldn’t practise for the preliminary test. I didn’t even look over the whole material.
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Particular Suggestions for Mains:

Don’t spend too much time making notes.

Practise the following:

• Write 3–4 GS answers every day.

• Structure 2–3 more GS questions.

• Answer 2 optional questions every day.

• Write PYQs, especially for optional, for at least 5 years.

• Write 1 essay every week and 1 essay structure every week.

• Read all PYQ essay quotes and use them in future essays.

  • “Find” (don’t make) a list of key words and key quotes. Give an example after each point; do this for the first two or three points in GS.
  • I also read finished mains paper (test series) of vision IAS (available in the market).

Optional Geography strategy by Ayushi Jain

Make a list of short notes and make a copy to practise all the diagrams and plans.

  • Practise putting together PYQs in a geographical way, and look it up on Google if you have trouble. • I also read model answers from Edukemy’s collection, which I bought from the market.
  • Write at least 2 full-length tests on both papers.

Interview Preparation Strategy by Ayushi Jain

The trip has been very interesting for me. Here are the results of my personality tests:

  • 2019: 138
  • 2020: 187
  • 2022: 202
    I’m not really sure how it happened, but I think that honesty, confidence, and answers that are well-structured and short played a big part. Rest relies on the person and can only be judged one-on-one.

Ideas from Others

  • I didn’t usually write things down. I usually had to rely on notes from the market. (This is not something you should do).
  • I often didn’t know which test set to join. But I understood that they were all the same because everyone who works for coaching copies from each other. Not much to worry about.
  • Motivation only helps up to a certain point, so get into good habits. To do well on any test, you need to be consistent.
  • It’s great to have a group of friends who watch out for each other.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help without any assumptions. I met some of the most honest people, whose advice was very helpful.
    Lastly, be positive and optimistic, but always bring yourself back to reality. Never ever tell yourself a lie about being ready.
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