Akshat Jain – Rank 2 – Optional Anthropology

akshat jain

Akshat Jain – Rank 2 – Optional Anthropology


NameAkshat Jain
PlaceJaipur, Rajasthan
GraduationIIT Guwahati
UPSC RankRank 2 Year 2018
Attempt2nd Attempt
Optional SubjectAnthropology


Score Card:

akshat jain score card


Sample Answers:

rank 2 – 2018 – ethics answers 1

rank 2 – 2018 – gs paper 3 answers

rank 2 – 2018 – gs paper2 answers

rank 2 – 2018 – gs paper 1 answers


Reference Books:


General Science – Polity
General Science – Economy
  • 12th Class NCERT – Macro Economics
General Science – History
  • Ancient : R.S. Sharma
  • Medieval : Satish Chandra
  • Modern : Spectrum
General Science – Art & Culture
  • NCERTs
General Science – Environment, Science & Technology
  • 12th NCERT Biology – last 4 chapters about Ecology
General Science – Geography
  • NCERT textbooks – 11th and 12th
Mains Optional – Anthropology
  • Vaid IAS



First of all I would say that IAS requires the right strategy. A blind uncalculated effort will not give you proportionate results. I first studied the entire syllabus which I believe is very well defined rather than what most of the aspirants perceive. I went through each and every word in the syllabus and decided how I will complete it in a timely manner. My focus was on completing the entire syllabus of both general studies and optional before prelims so that I get enough time to put my effort into scoring more marks. I made short notes so that I could revise properly later. I didn’t refer too many sources but whatever I referred to, I studied it very thoroughly. I focused on answer writing because a lot depends on how you present your answers.


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