UPSC 2018 AIR 2 Akshat Jain Bio, Family,Preparation Strategy.

About Akshat Jain

Basic Facts

  • Age: 23 Years
  • Education: Degree in Design from IIT-Guwahati
  • Work Experience: Samsung R&D Institute Bangalore
  • UPSC Rank: AIR 2, CSE 2018
  • Attempt: Second
  • Optional Subject: Anthropology
  • Akshat Jain did his graduation from IIT Guwahati in design and he attempted the civil services exam for the first time in 2017 just some months after he had completed his graduation.
  • Though he failed in his first attempt but he later practised and gave his efforts and cracked the exam with rank 2 in UPSC 2018.
  • He completed his secondary education from India International School Jaipur. During his school as well as graduation years he was very much inclined towards extracurricular activities.
  • He worked in Samsung R&D Institute, Banglore.
  • Akshat’s father, Mr D C Jain is currently serving as Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) in New Delhi. His mother, Mrs Simmi Jain is an Indian Revenue Service(IRS) officer and is currently serving as Assistant Director General(ADG) of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) in Jaipur.
  • He decided that he will prepare for this IAS and Civil Services Exam during his pre-final year internship. He decided that his aim in life is not to earn money but do a job which gives him satisfaction.
  • Since Both of his parents are Civil Servants so he got to learn about a lot of this job. They had told him about the sense of satisfaction they received when they use their position to help the people and this encouraged him to choose this path.

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Akshat Jain Marksheet

Akshat scored a decent 1080 marks in mains cum interview and scored rank 2 in UPSC 2018. He told Crack UPSC that he was expecting a rank in top 100 but getting rank 2 was surprising thing for him. Below is his marksheet.

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Akshat Jain Marksheet

Preparation Strategy

I would say that IAS requires the right strategy. A blind uncalculated effort will not give you proportionate results.

Akshat Jain

First of all, he studied the entire syllabus deeply which every aspirant should do. Then he thoroughly read every word of the syllabus and decided how he will cover the entire syllabus in time.

He wanted to complete the entire syllabus of GS and Mains before Prelims. So, he made short notes because they were easy to revise. He didn’t read multiple resources but whatever he referred he read it thoroughly.

He focussed on answer writing a lot as he felt that answer writing is that place where you can show your talent to the examiner

He started writing Essays for mains in November and wrote esssays once a week or once in two weeks. He wrote around 5-6 essays before Prelims only.

His optional subject was Anthropology. He chose this subject as its syllabus was very practical. He believes that most of the things of this subject can be applied in the real world. He earlier was thinking to choose design as an optional subject as he had done his graduation in it but when he did not find it in the optional subject list he changed his optional subject.

He did not go for coaching for GS (General Studies) but he did take coaching for Anthropology which was his optional subject from Valid ICS Coaching, Delhi. He gave test series of Vision IAS for GS.

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Akshat Jain Booklist

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Akshat Jain Booklist

Challenges Faced During Preparation

One has to follow a rigorous schedule, has to avoid social media, focus on studies and have to be healthy and consistent during your prepartaion.

He believes that one has to give a lot of effort and hardwork during this exam’s preparation. One has to be extremely patient because this exam tests your patience and dedication.

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Akshat Jain’s Advice


I would say that once you have made up your mind to write the exam then please be self-confident, motivated and invest your energy and time towards it. Surround yourself with people who give you positive energy. There is a lot of guidance available these days but that can act detrimentally too. Make your own strategy. Always work with a plan and keep testing yourself during your preparation.

Akshat Jain

He told that he got the much need parents support during this exam’s preparation and this thing really helped him by filling positivity in himself.

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Advice For Future Aspirants

  • Firstly form a clear strategy and after that start your preparation.
  • Your Strategy should be Feasiable and you are able to follow it daily.
  • Do not deviate from it until you are not getting results.
  • Try to regularly introspect yourself and do a self evaluation.
  • Make a Road Map and Follow it Properly.

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3 COMMENTS

  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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