Shubham Shukla IAS Age, UPSC Marksheet, BITS Pilani

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Shubham Shukla IAS
Shubham Shukla IAS

Shubham Shukla IAS Age, Biography

Hello guys. Im Shubham Shukla. Ive secured AIR 43 in UPSC CSE 2021. This was my 4th attempt but my first interview. My optional is PSIR.

Ill be uploading relevant stuff, resources, strategies and motivation needed to crack this exam.

Also, ill conduct frequent sessions both online and offline for you guys.

Spread the channel among your friends and aspirants.

Jai Hind๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Shubham Shukla 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

Shubham Shukla IAS Marksheet

Since many of you were asking for my marksheet, im attaching it.

If possible I will also upload my marksheet of previous attempts. (Provided im able to locate them ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Shubham Shukla IAS Marksheet
–Ive underperformed in essay, despite feeling that ive written better essays compared to last year.
–in gs, my scores have improved tremendously over last attempt.( 434 from 360s)
— i feel not completely satisfied with my PSIR marks (255) but still a huge jump over last year(199).
–Interview made sure I got into the IAS. And almost every mock interview I faced marked me in and around the same zone.(180-200)

Shubham Shukla IAS Marksheet

Shubham Shukla IAS Marksheet
3rd attempt.
As promised. Compared with the latest marksheet, i feel improvement in all papers except essay.
Good night guys. Take care.

Wishes to students by Shubham Shukla IAS

Hello guys. Since most of you will be writing your prelims in under 48 hours, I would like to share a few words leading up to the D day.

No. It wont be on what to study or what to revise. We are way past that point.

For the past 5 years, on the day immediately before my pre I used to be away from my books. I would prefer eating an ice cream or  a cheeseburger. The point was to de-stress myself (and eating helped with that ๐Ÿ˜…).  Ive wanted to make sure that 100% of my focus was on pre and not on my palms sweating with the weight the exam carries.

I remmeber reading an important advice somewhere that I have always followed. GO INTO THE EXAM HALL WITH 3Cs – Calmness, Confidence and Common Sense.

Calmness would help you recollecr what youve studied and prevent loose errors.

Confidence will ensure you have firm grip on the realities as well as on your abilities.

Common sense will help you guess intelligently and eliminate options, which is key to get you to a safe score.

Remember, your past doesnt matters now. Neither does your background, your previous record in this exam nor your performance in mocks. Its a new day and 200 marks are up for grabs equally to everyone. Just go and do your best. Baaki sab Bhagwaan ji ke bharose hai๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

TL;DR – Calmly exam do, dont worry about the results or past performance and believe in yourself.

Best of Luck. Jai Hind๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Good morning everyone!!

Please take a look at my interview transcript. Ive scored 193 and I believe interviews were critical in getting me into the IAS.

Shubham Shukla IAS Interview Transcript

Interview Transcripts 2021:

Name- Shubham Shukla aka BITS Pilani Hoodie wala

Date and session of interview- 18 May 2022. FN. 1st to go.

Board- TCA Anant sir

Optional- PSIR

College- BITS Pilani manufacturing engineering

Profession (if any)- ex faculty of chemistry at a JEE/NEET Coaching

Hobbies- Plogging, watching and playing football

Your experience in interview- Very cordial board. No factual questions, was asked situational and analytical questions in addition to basic societal issues. Few questions from PSIR and DAF asked as well.

Utility of mocks (if any)- Helps cover weak areas, presentability, thinking on the feet.


Chairman sir

  1. What did you do after graduation?
  2. Where are you from? Where did you do your schooling from?
  3. How long were you involved with NSS? What did you do there?
  4. Should NSS/NCC be made compulsory for college students?
  5. Personal opinion on prohibition? Give some pros and cons

M1(Retired Army person):

  1. Question on mushrooming of coaching institutions?
  2. What would you recommend as a solution to curb this?
  3. Causes and solutions to the increased number of road accidents


  1. What do you mean by bibliography?
  2. Asked me to speak a few lines on MAN IS NOT A POLITICAL ANIMAL
  3. Does heavy fines help reduce traffic violations?
  4. **Couple more questions that im unable to recall right now
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  1. Asked me to speak a few lines on circular economy
  2. Question on rise in environment related disasters
  3. What will you do for disaster management if placed in a district affected by disasters?

M4: gentleman

  1. Quad significance
  2. Has UN been a failure in ukr-rus conflict?
  3. icj ruling favouring philippines
  4. Why some countries flout orders of icj and international law
  5. Learnings from manufacturing engineering that can be applied to civil services
  6. How to use 6 sigma snd lean principles in administration
  7. If present pds in few states 6 sigma compliant
  8. American football vs football

Chairman sir told me thank you. Stood up. Thanked everyone and left.

Thanking interviewees for uploading their transcripts. Massive help. Best of luck!!

What should you after after giving Prelims Exam by Shubham Shukla IAS?

So guys. Prelims is done. I hope you have done well and I pray you all sail through๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

TBH Its impossible to predict any cutoff but having seen the paper over the past 5 years, I have a strong gut feeling that the cutoffs might drop over the previous year.

Therefore, it is my opinion that Candidates should start preparing for the mains, without giving two thoughts about what has happened today- It is DONE AND DUSTED.

But at the same time, give yourself a much needed break. Catch up with your friends, watch a movie or do something that youve wanted to do over the past couple of months but prelims restricted you from doing it.

Kick starting your mains prep from next monday would be a good idea.

Meanwhile, i have planned to upload some test copies and a strategy document that would guide aspirants for mains.

Ill keep this group buzzing with stuff thatll help you for mains and will probably take a couple of sessions if my youtube channel comes up in the next few days.

Tab tak take care. Dhyan rakho apna. And have fun.

Jai Hind๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Shubham Shukla IAS Answer Writing Copy

Hello everyone. Ill be gradually attaching my answer copies that ive written this year before mains.

There wont be many as ive lost most of them due to a crash in my laptop drives.

Today, im attaching my GS 3 TEST copy. Ill take a detailed session where ill explain how ive written my answers and the thought process that goes into writing snd decorating an answer.

I hope you find it helpful๐Ÿ™

note: these arent model or the best answers. Theyll just give you an idea on how to write and present

Also note: please share the channel among your friends and fellow aspirants, so that they too can benefit out of this initiative.

PSIR answer writing copy of Shubham Shukla IAS

Hello everyone. Good evening.

Today ill upload micro notes of a senior that I extensively used for PSIR. Im unable to recall sirs name but theyve been critical in my preparation.

It has paper wise link of the google drives having topic wise collection of keywords, scholars, quotes and micro summaries.

You can use it to bolster your value addition in notes making as well as sprinkle the constituents in your answer writing for PSIR. Whichever way, itll be very helpful to you.

Edit: please note. They are not my notes. Made by a senior. Also they arent very updated but still hold pretty relevance.

GS 4 Ethics Preparation Strategy by Shubham Shukla IAS

Hello. Ive written a sound strategy to cover ethics paper, GS 4. Please road:

  1. Every keyword ka one line definition, real life example and personal life example.
  2. Thinkers from wikipedia
  3. Toppers copies for examples and case studies.
  4. Make a list of keywords and quotes to sprinkle in the answers. Eg: aristotles golden mean, code of conduct, citizens charter etc.


  2. Books/coaching: mudit jain sirs decode ethics or balaji sirs book or ansari sirs notes/videos (ANY 1 of 3)
  3. Ill upload some ethixs notes after a few days.

Remember. Erhics tests you on your character and values. Write from your heart. Youll do good.

Shubham Shukla IAS Booklist for UPSC CSE


Hello all.
Ill share with you the bare minimum booklist that i would recommend  you guys follow for CSE Prep.

Note: This isnt the ideal booklist. This is based on what ive read or people close to me have followed. Differences in opinion is welcomed.

Also Note: When i talk about a book or some coaching notes, i am not promoting any pirated material and hence bear no legal responsibility for the same.

BIGGEST NOTE: PLEASE FOLLOW MAX 2 SOURCES PER SUBJECT. EVEN IF THE SUBJECT HAS 3 BOOKS MENTIONED. and by 2 sources it includes your coaching notes plus 1 book or 2 books max per subject, in any Permutation and Combination.

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Here we go:

1. Polity: Laxmikanth

2. Economy: either mrunal sirs video/pdf or sriram eco book.
Just 1 would do. Supplement with CA

3. Ancient and medieval history: poonam Dahiya and/or NCERT Class XI.

4. Modern history: Spectrum and NCERT class 12.

5.  Art and culture: Nitin singhania sirs book(very detailed) or ccrt notes plus fine arts NCERT class 11.

6. Environment: shankar IAS plus CA (CA Intensive subject).

7. Science and tech: mostly CA plus science reporter progrsm from sansad Tv (if it continues)

8. Geography: class 11 and 12 ncert plus rajtanil solanki maams videos on youtube.

9. IR: Mostly CA based

10.  World history, disaster management and internal security: any standard coaching notes

11. Society: CA only. Dont read Ram ahuja.

12. Governance : any decent pdf on govt schemes plus CA based study

13. Ethics:
**Good books- either decode ethics by Mudit Jain sir or Balaji sir ethics
**Coaching notes/videos- Ansari sir from lukmaan ias.

14. Essay: mostly practise based but anudeep sirs book can be taken as a reference.

15. CA : 1 newspaper ( either hindu or IE) Plus one decent CA compilation would be a good way to cover stuff.

16. Other good resources: google, wikipedia, vikaspedia, drishti ias indexed search( eg: search on google “eco tourism drishti ias”).
Also, Sansad TV debates are a good source that can be watched along with dinner.

17. Readymade toppers notes for candidates appearing for mains : many toppers have made notes but personally i liked Rushikesh reddy sirs the most. Attaching the link.

Repeating again. 
Do not go for more than 2 sources per subject. If taking coaching, then max 1 book other than your coaching notes/booklets

Also remember. This list is necessary. Cannot say sufficient. In fact nothing can be said to be sufficient.

UPSC Mains Preparation Strategy by Shubham Shukla IAS


Hello everyone. Im sure by now most of you who had given prelims and are scoring around 80s and above must have kick started their mains prep by now. If not, then this is your cue. GET YOUR MAINS PREP STARTED!!!!

Today ill be talking about what to do in the next week or so before the pre result is out. Why this one/two week/s in particular? Probably it is one of the most crucial time periods
wherein you can get an advantage over most of your peers who are idling away their time in wait of the results.
I would categorise the strategy into different verticals based on your level of prep.

1. People with decent grip over both their GS and optionals:
– use the next week to complete revising atleast 1 of the 4 GS papers. Self notes are good or else refer to rushikesh reddy sirs notes as attached in a previous post.
-parallely, devote a week to one out of the 4 sections of your optional.

2. People with decent grip over GS but not optional:
– give the entire week to your optional. Make keyword rich short notes.
– target your optional in 2 parallel ways. Try covering the underprepared section from scratch. At the same time in the section with relative comfort, this is the right time to turn it into your position of strength.

3. People with decent grip over their optional but not GS:
– same suggestion as above..worl on your GS..Ethics can be prioritized as it doesnt take a long time to cover. Parallely, target one more GS paper to your position of strength.

4. People on the edge of cutoffs OR people with both underprepared GS and optional:
–start off with your optional ASAP. Try covering as much ground as possible. And mentally prepare yourself for a very tough 3 or 4 months in case things end up well for you.
–parallely cover ethics and essay. Wont take much time.

General tips for aspirants aiming to write mains 2022( valid across all 4 verticals):

1. 7 days a week. 7 papers to write.

2. Answer writing: better to get into the froove by writing 2 or 3 answers a day in this period over FLT. Time them and try to beautify and value assist your answers.

3. Buying test series/crash courses: Strictly not advisable until you clear pre, if you feel you sre close to the edge. For people very secure with their scores, go ahead.

4. Current affairs- wouldnt advise you giving an hour a day to newspapers. Ive mentioned some channels to follow for news analysis
( Refer this.

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5. Most importantly. Be calm and have faith on yourself. For people on the edge, assume cutoff below the lowest score that you are getting and start preparing.

DO NOT WASTE THESE DAYS. this comes from personal experience.

Disclaimer: You are very free to use any strategy you think it suits you. Your call to make.

Good luck!!

Toppers whose answer copies referred by Shubham Shukla IAS

Hello everyone. Good morning๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

Im compiling the list of toppers whose answer copies I had referred to during my latest attempt.

They can either be found on TG or their respectuve blogs or sometimes on the websites of a few coaching institutes. A simple google search will yield you the desired search result.

  1. Anudeep Durishetty sir
  2. Shreyas Kumat sir
  3. Ashima Goyal/Mittal Maam (confused sorry๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…)
  4. Divya Mishra Maam
  5. Jayant Nahata sir
  6. Arvind Shah sir
  7. Vikram Grewal sir
  8. Abhishrk surana sir

*ill update the list once I open my laptop. Im unable to recollect a few good names. Will be done by tonight.

**ill make a separste post on PSIR toppers probably by the end of the day.

***ill make a detailed post on how to use toppers copy for your own benefit. This might take a day or two.

Someone drop me a DM by evening in case I havent updated the list.

Good day guys. Cheers!!

Shubham Shukla IAS Meet up in Delhi

Shubham Shukla IAS Meet UP
It was really great meeting so many aspirants. I was expecting 5 to 10 but the 50+ crowd was way more than what I had hoped to interact with.
Really glad to have my friends Avdhesh, Rajesh and others, who have cleared CSE this year, drop in to the session, to share their perspectives.
Apologies if i couldnt answer everyone’s questions. I shall try to have more meetups in July as well as more live sessions on telegram.
Thanks once again. Take care.
Jai Hind๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

GS 1 Mains Preparation Strategy by Shubham Shukla IAS

Hello guys. This is my strategy on how to prepare for GS 1 for mains.
Ill separate it in 2 parts. The first part will be common to all aspirants whereas the second part will be exclusive to people writing their mains in September 2022.

Before i start off, I would like to apologize for being inactive as I was out of town for a felicitation event (will share pics soon). Hopefully the post compensates for the inactivity.


**Overview: GS1 is a conventional paper having a mixture of static and dynamic questions. The paper tests you in the following key areas : HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, ART/CULTURE and SOCIAL ISSUES & other fringe topics. Barring the last topic, the paper is mostly static.

**Requisites: good grip over factual part of the syllabus, interlinking the static with the dynamic and awareness of the society around you.

**How to proceed:

1.preparing the static subjects well for your pre will cut your time needed for GS1 in half.

  1. Focus on keywords if you are making notes. These keywords can later come in handy in revision as well as during answer writing.
  2. Some level of mugging up might be needed, but using flowcharts, figures, comparative tables and most importantly, understanding and visualising concepts will be the key.
  3. Very important: Prioritize your points in this paper- both while making notes and during answer writing.
  4. Use maps, diagram, flowcharts to supplement the written content, which to a very fair extent, will be very similar for maximum people.
  5. Use realistic expressions of problems and solutions while answering the dynamic questions on Indian society. And supplement it with data and events happening around you.
  6. Answer writing: I would recommend only after atleast 1 round of revision of your syllabus is done. BUT DONT IGNORE. Daily answer writing or FLTs whichever suits you go for that.
  7. Read and analyze 1 GS1 toppers answer copy per month (for people with mains in next 3 months, refer below)

**Booklist: already mentioned in a post above. Use #BOOKLIST to search.


For aspirants appearing in mains within 3 months, the following would be suggested:

  1. Atleast 1 round of revision of your notes/books. If you havent made notes, refer to Rushikesh Reddy sir’s notes for the same.
  2. Weekly 1 GS1 answer copy of a topper to be read without fail. Make Note of any representation, example or data used by them.
  3. Answer writing. Can be done in 2 ways. Either via daily 1 or 2 questions or Full Length Tests after regular intervals. Whichever suits you, but time it well.
  4. Try interlinking CA to your static parts. For example, a question on NCM can be integrated with 100 years of chauri chaura event and GoI program on the same. Similarly a question on culture can have some mention of GoI scheme or festival in same tune to the demand of the question.

Thats probably everything on this paper. People with issues in mugging up facts might find it a bit difficult, however a good understanding of the concepts together with addressing both the content and presentation of answers will boost the score to triple digits.

Best of luck. More to follow!!

Shubham Shukla IAS name in official list

Shubham Shukla IAS Official List Name
Officially allocated to the I.A.S.Thanks for all your wishes๐Ÿ™

Opening and closing ranks of 3 services

Allocation List – Last Ranks

Gen Rank -77
EWS Rank – 320
OBC – Rank – 333
SC- Rank 502
ST – Rank 547

Gen – Rank 228
EWS- Rank 440
OBC – Rank 482
SC – Rank 601
ST – Rank 655
Gen Rank 88
EWS – Rank 369
OBC – Rank 385
SC – Rank 517
ST – 600

Shubham Shukla IAS allocated Karnataka Cadre

Shubham Shukla IAS Marksheet
I’m pleased to inform you that ive been allotted to Karnataka Cadre. Thanking everyone for their wishes and support.Regards.