From IIT Grad to UPSC Topper: The Inspiring Journey of Arnav Mishra!

As UPSC Mains Exam for 2023 approaches, aspirants are diligently preparing for one of India’s most challenging examinations. During this crucial period, success stories from the previous year’s achievers circulate widely, providing inspiration to this year’s hopefuls. Among these achievers is Arnav Mishra, who was pursuing his goal of becoming a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) when he received the news of his remarkable achievement—an All India Rank (AIR) of 56 in the UPSC Civil Services Exam.

Who Is Arnav Mishra?

Hailing from the Raebareli region of Uttar Pradesh, Arnav completed his early education there. Subsequently, he embarked on a journey of competitive examinations by preparing for the IIT-JEE, where he successfully qualified. This marked the beginning of his path towards conquering competitive tests. Arnav earned his four-year B.Tech. degree from IIT Jodhpur and spent approximately a year working in Bangalore. However, he made the pivotal decision to resign from his job and wholeheartedly commit himself to preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination.

Arnav found inspiration in his older sister, Arushi Mishra, who serves as an officer in the Indian Forest Service (IFS). Alongside his parents, Arnav credits his achievement to the unwavering support of his family and the expert guidance provided by his elder sister and brother-in-law.

Arushi, Arnav’s older sister, and Charcha Gaur, his brother-in-law, both hold esteemed positions as IAS officers within the Uttar Pradesh cadre. In the 2019 UPSC Civil Services Examination, Arushi secured the 229th rank. Arnav Mishra learned of his impressive achievement—an AIR of 56—in the 2018 UPSC Civil Services Examination while he was in the midst of his training to become a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) in Uttar Pradesh.

Arnav also cleared the UPSC CSE the previous year, although not with as high a score. He was allocated the DANIPS (Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Police Service) cadre. Additionally, he succeeded in the UP Provincial Civil Services (PCS) examination, securing the 16th rank. However, he opted against joining DANIPS, pursuing Plan B by becoming an SDM in Uttar Pradesh.

Strategies for UPSC Exam Preparation

Balancing his training as an SDM left Arnav with limited time to prepare for the UPSC examination. According to Indian Masterminds, he dedicated two hours each morning and three to four hours each evening to his UPSC studies, all while attending SDM lessons from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Arnav greatly benefitted from incorporating yoga and meditation into his daily routine, which helped maintain his physical and mental well-being. In addition to these practices, he scheduled a three-kilometer walk, indulged in reading books, and found solace in playing the guitar to alleviate stress.

He placed significant emphasis on improving the quality of his preparation, whether it was for General Studies (GS), essay writing, ethics, optional subjects, or other areas, given his time constraints. In the final ten days leading up to the mains examination, he consistently reviewed his study materials, treating it as an integral part of his daily routine, much like having breakfast.”

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