Cassian Baliarsingh

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is touted to be the toughest exam in India. Every year, millions of students sit for the prestigious exam and fail to crack it. It takes several attempts and years of dedication and hard work, but still there is no guarantee that you can crack the exam.

Only a handful of aspirants manage to pass the UPSC exam. Even fewer are those who crack it on their very first attempt. IAS Annie George is among the very few aspirants who cracked the exam in their first try. Though not an IIT, IIM, or NIT student, who usually cracks it in the first attempt sometimes, Annie George secured an impressive AIR-93, that too in her very first attempt.

A native of Alakode in Kannur, Kerala is a simple zoology student. As per DNA India, she completed her post-graduation in Zoology at the University of Kerala’s Kariavattom campus. Being the daughter of a retired panchayat assistant director and a school teacher, her parents played a significant role in her attempt to clear UPSC.

After her post-graduation, Annie George decided to give UPSC a try. She fixed a schedule and followed it rigorously. The brilliant mind underscored the significance of NCERT textbooks in UPSC preparation. Relying primarily on NCERT texts, she created a strong foundation for herself and this helped her crack the UPSC CSE in her first attempt.

She rigorously studied 7-8 hours every day without fail no matter what. Finally, her hard work paid off and she secured an impressive AIR-93 to become an IAS officer in the recently announced UPSC CSE 2023 exam.

Apart from Annie George, Shiljia Jose, and K. Sayant, also from the Kannur district secured AIR-529 and 701 respectively. Moreover, Rahul Raghavan, son of a ration shop owner also cleared UPSC with AIR-714.

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