[Video] IAS Topper Rank 43 Harsh: How to crack IAS in first attempt at age 22

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Harsh had scored 43rd rank in Civil Services with 413 marks in GS and 145 in the Essay. In this video, Harsh shares his strategy for 400+ marks and 145 in Essay at the ForumIAS Community Meet. He cracked the exam at 22! He did not take any coaching.

This video is important because for all the serious aspirants, scoring well in GS is the most strategic thing to achieve  – if one wants to get a good rank and final selection.

Gist of the Speech


• Use of ForumIAS Threads while preparation & other queries: Both for mains and prelims preparation.
Answer writing is most important. Just reading books would not help. Start answer writing immediately.
• Focus more an writing, rather than reading/studying.
• Ultimately, you have to go and write the exam. What you finally write in the exam hall is important.
• GS pattern has become very dynamic.
• Topics related to contemporary issues are important.
• Focus mainly on Currents Affairs for mains, especially for the dynamic part. GS – 2 and GS – 3 is mainly dynamic.
• The Aim should be to complete a topic in minimum time with maximum output, so that one can solve most of the questions from the topic.
• ForumIAS Sharing Notes Thread helped a lot.
• Get a general idea on most relevant topics.
• Think in different dimensions while writing the answers.
• Try to know at least 3-4 important points on every topic – current or dynamic.
• Watch Rajya Sabha TV debates(if possible). As it is a visual medium . it helps remember better.
• Don’t become an academician or do PhD on a topic.
• ‘Keywords‘ are important. Expand the keywords in exam.
• Try to put maximum number of points in answers.
• Always put a positive conclusion. Have an optimistic outlook and end the answers on a positive note.
• Start answer writing. Now! Start immediately. Answer writing is very important.
• Try to get hold of the structure of an answer. It comes with answer writing practice.
• Write on different dimensions.
Write answers regularly. Post/ upload them in ForumIAS.
Forget the past! Do not think about the future. And, start preparing seriously. Present. Now is very important.

ForumIAS was the only website I referred to during my preparation time“, says the Topper.

Ultimately, while practicing answers or writing test series, it comes down to writing those answers about which we haven’t heard.

Marksheet of Harsh



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  • i am batman

    Flawless! first time i saw a video by a topper who avoided exaggeration in sharing experiences of upsc preparation.
    no bullshit…just CLEAN,HUMOROUS,STRAIGHT-FORWARD and cut to the chase explaination.
    Very greatful to Kumar Harsh sir for being so honest and real.

  • Shubham Panwar

    Foram Ias ! Can I upload any other relevant document in place of my passing proof during filing application for Mains 2018 ? As my Himachal Pradesh University is slow in declaring results.

  • Hey Very nice 🙂
    Simply bole to inspiring and motivating….
    Check Out mt site – http://prayatnaias.com/

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  • ForumIAS

    Haan, Machaya hai.

  • Ajtheory

    GS me to bhai ne aatank macha diya..hats off !!

  • Vidyadhar Bairam

    Very very inspiring and motivating ! mAINS hacks by him were simply awesome.

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  • Anshul Dubey

    Bindaas aspirant.. i ever seen… hattsoff. Thank u @forumias-7f07ca326ce76cdde680e4b3d568bce8:disqus

  • Yagya Narayan Shukla

    Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication…..

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  • ForumIAS

    Yes, you can.

  • Ram

    The video is very inspiring. Thanks ForumIAS for such a nice video.

  • Aman Tamrakar

    can i make notes of ncert books

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  • zeesh

    Thanx forumias for introducing us to Mr. Kumar Harsh. His words are really simple and inspiring.
    I will definitely follow Mains Marathon and also take up my MGP module seriously.

  • Arun Kumar

    Can any one explain me, what he meant with the term “ForumIAS Threads” ??

  • ForumIAS

    Yes 🙂

  • Akm Nozmul Islam

    Inspired a lot

  • ForumIAS

    Yes 🙂

  • ForumIAS

    Agree 🙂

  • Rajendra Meena

    gajab.. 😁

  • theonlylion

    simple yet very profound video….feeling inspired

  • Chhur Bura

    Go to rmunal,I’m using it and quite contended by it..By the way its NCERT
    Its simple and quite easy to understand

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  • ForumIAS

    Thanks Mountain Man 🙂

  • no_tv

    much needed motivation befoere mains. thanks a lot forumias

  • Akshay

    Shandaar, Zabardast, Zindabad

  • drt

    can somebody post the link of world history thread for notes?

  • ForumIAS

    🙂 🙂

  • thebatman_returns

    The best sentence in video is : There is a strategy to do yojana effectively…then….”ek kaam karo aap Yojana 6od hi do…” 😉 😛
    One of the best video….

  • ForumIAS

    Haha. Yes, motivating.

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  • Knight

    Thanks for this. Helpful video.
    Can we please have a thorough write-up on philosophy by harsh please. Despite what he says that his marks are low 😛 . He can may be elaborate on what he would do better next time.
    Please. It would be helpful for self studying aspirants .
    Thank you.

  • Albatross

    Mahayagya …;) nice motivating vedio