Cassian Baliarsingh

Thousands of UPSC aspirants have to spend lakhs of rupees to join a prestigious coaching institute every year. Every year, aspirants flock to Delhi to start their preparation for the Civil Services Exam (CSE). Parents and guardians have to spend lakhs of rupees during the preparation phase for their children.

There are a few talented aspirants who focus on self-studies and crack India’s toughest exam without any coaching. One such person is IAS Swati Meena Naik who cracked UPSC in her first attempt without any coaching. Impressively, she was only 22 years old when she cracked the UPSC exam and became the youngest officer of her batch.

Hailing from Rajasthan’s Sikar, IAS Swati completed her schooling from Ajmer. She later graduated from Ajmer’s Sophia Girls’ College. Her mother is a businesswoman and runs a petrol pump while her father is an officer in the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS).


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While Swati’s mother always wanted her to become a doctor, she chose to become an IAS impressed by one of her aunts. Swati’s father encouraged her during her preparation journey and her hard work paid off in her first attempt.

She cracked the UPSC CSE exam in 2007 with an impressive AIR-260. She is currently appointed as the Director of the Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation under the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

She is known for her ethics and professionalism at work. Interestingly, Swati’s sister also followed her step and cracked the UPSC to become an IFS officer in 2011