Anudeep Durishetty

The AIR-1 from the year 2017 has enthralled us all will his extraordinary innings at the UPSC exams. After his fifth attempt, Anudeep Durishetty made it straight to the top and brought his district in Telengana to limelight. His innings for the rest of his life as an IAS officer hit the road eversince. Durishetty maintains what he calls the ‘zen curve’, for his keen practice of meditation, and thus, the first key to cracking UPSC shall be noted down by all future aspirants.
Over his long journey of repeated attempts, he has faced failures but that never stopped him from moving forward, rather he believed in his determination to not leave any stones unturned the next time.

In the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2017, Anudeep Durishetty secured rank 1. For this year’s examination, more than 9.75 lakh candidates had applied.

Anudeep’s father is a TS Transco assistant engineer, while his mother is a home-made artist. This is his Civils fifth attempt. He described the analysis as his optional subject with Anthropology. Anudeep prepared from any coaching institution without any significant assistance.

In the 2013 UPSC Civil Services Exam, Durishetty obtained rank 790. Despite not being so good at his hand measurements, his interview marks were outstanding at the time (204/275).

About Anudeep Durishetty

  • Name: Anudeep Durishetty
  • Rank:1
  • State: Telangana
  • Caste Category – OBC
  • Education – Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics and Instrumentation) from BITS Pilani,
  • Optional Subject: Anthropology
  • Lives in Hyderabad From Metpally,

The football fanatic has done his schooling from Sri Chaitanya Junior College, Hyderabad, where he embarked upon the journey of UPSC preparation and later went to the renowned college, BITS Pilani(Rajasthan) to complete his graduation in B.Tech-Electronics and Instrumentation. Later, he has worked for Google as well as worked as an Assistant Commissioner(P) under Indian Revenue Service. The man had walked through all paths of life, yet endears the most what he is doing today.

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Anudeep Durishetty Strategy

Anudeep Durishetty’s Prelims Strategy

Anudeep Durishetty Prelims Marksheet

His Prelims strategy suggests that apart from yearlong preparation, 10 days before Prelims are to be utilized in the most idealistic way. Aspirant must not read anything new, rather must go over what he/she already knows as questions will be balanced and asked from within the syllabus. Thus, one should remain calm, not fearing the imposition of negative marking for every wrong answer.

If one is unsure, simply move on to the next question while keeping tab. It’s best if one goes through all 100 questions of the first paper and then answer them.

Also, never take the CSAT2 paper casually. Your score does matter as it will also carry an impression.

For Prelims, one must know Laxmikanth’s Indian polity like the back of their palm. A fair start would be NCERT Books to strengthen your foundation, but slowly and steadily, other books according to the syllabus must be read.

Download: IAS Prelims Question Papers (2014 – 2019)

Anudeep Durishetty’s Mains strategy

Anudeep Durishetty Mains Marksheet

Mains exam requires our memory and intellect as well as stamina. When you lack previous experience, writing constantly can induce mental and physical exhaustion for 6 hours a day and doing this for 5 days. Practicing enough before the final exam is the only way to overcome it.

You need to develop the ability to easily read on your screen a committee or an organization’s report (reading online saves you a lot of time) and highlight important lines while you read along.

Getting a good score in Mains means trying to answer all the questions that some answers are fantastic, some poor, and many more than average. So, rather than waiting for this elusive perfection, begin imperfect and then continue to improve.

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  • Go through the question papers of the past five years to understand the breadth and depth of UPSC usually asks questions. It will give you a good perspective on what is and what is not important.
  • Extensively use the internet, especially for topics such as science and technology. Your aim must be to acquire knowledge, whether through books or the internet.
  • You need to superimpose current issues on it for all subjects, particularly for GS-2andGS-3. Current affairs are the basis for both of these articles. You will probably do a lot of internet reading, so use Evernote to organize and highlight these material.
  • Provide sufficient time for revision.
  • A profound error is made by many aspirants: they read and study, over and over, but never practice.
  • Also, the inspector reviewing your copy won’t have any knowledge of how many books you’ve read or how many hours you’ve slogged. All he has to judge you are your answers. And learning it makes sense, doing it, and perfecting it.

Mains strategy is surely a matter of extensively rigorous preparation, but nothing unfathomable. The compulsory papers are to be within your grasp, but GS papers as well the Optional must also be well researched and framed before hand. Every 20 mark essay has to reflect a humanist, an avid reader, and someone who is well informed not just about the news, but actual issues all across our country.

Your essays should not be written in textbook language and should be rich in facts and vocabulary. Your GS should not be something you worry about as it requires daily reading of newspaper, magazines, and some daily and monthly compilation of current affairs.

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Anudeep Durishetty’s Interviews strategy

More important than your looks and demeanor is the content of your answers. During mock interviews, members of the panel attach undue importance to the wardrobe, colour of your suit, walking style, etc. But they don’t really matter much. Just be presentable and let the board ask your answers what kind of person you are.

Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself when the opportunity presents itself. The members of the board are there to really care about you. Consider each question as an opportunity to communicate about yourself.

And the board does not try to judge your character by the responses themselves, but by your logic, convictions that led to such a response.

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Anudeep Durishetty Booklist for Prelims and Mains

SubjectPreparation Material / Books
PolityIndian Polity by Laxmikanth
EconomyIndian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XII
Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
Economic Survey (Selective reading from Prelims perspective) articles
Internet for understanding concepts (Arthapedia, Google, Youtube)
Ancient & Medieval History of IndiaOld NCERT by RS Sharma
Medieval History of India
Old NCERT by RS Sharma (Selective Reading)
Modern HistoryA Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum Publications
Bipan Chandra's Book:  India’s Struggle for Independence
(For 1700s to 1857) NCERT Book written by Bipan Chandra
Indian Art and CultureClass XI NCERT Book of An Introduction to Indian Art
Chapters related to culture in Ancient and Medieval India NCERTs
Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material
Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT
Environment and BiodiversityShankar IAS book
General ScienceGeneral Science books – IX and X standard
The Hindu (Notice and read the latest scientific terms, discoveries and developments that are frequently mentioned in the media)
GeographyFundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT
India: Physical Environment XI NCERT
Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT
India: People and Economy XII NCERT
Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong
PMFIAS (Excellent resource for understanding complex topics)
Google and YouTube
Govt SchemesGovt schemes compilation by the Civils Daily

Download: NCERT Books

Advice for future aspirants

Anudeep Durishetty’s Success Story:

This is my fifth attempt. Three times before, I failed, and the journey wasn’t easy for me. It is not necessary to enroll in a coaching institute. Everything is available online these days.

It’s a tough exam, and so many well-deserved candidates with brilliant minds are trying. So you’re never going to expect a top rank. I’m so happy to have this result today. I am grateful to all the people who have supported me.

 It wasn’t an easy journey, but I’m happy to be here. My family has been my backbone and if I did not have their support, I would not have been able to top the examinations.

I am standing today at the end of my visit to the UPSC with a strong new belief.

When you own your failures, you become a better person. And when you’re working hard to overcome them, you win. And win the big one.

Durishetty’s final mantra is ‘Don’t be intimidated. Be inspired.’ Own one’s failure and oneself a better version of yourself and win big.

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  1. Hii sir i am a begginer. Well I dont know how to prepare and follow the statergy.. Present i am studying Btech 2nd year. So please suggest me the statergy and some what motivation bcoz i cannot able to concentrate and study for long hours and time managing..


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