March 25, 2023

Meet IAS Saloni Verma, who secured AIR 70 in UPSC 2020

Name  Saloni Verma
Born Jamshedpur state-Jharkhand 
UPSC Rank  70 Rank
Passing Year 2020
Qualification Graduation
Career Indian Administrative Service officer
Collage Hindu College Delhi University

IAS-Saloni-VermaIAS Saloni Verma is a 3rd-year student of Economics who secured AIR 70 in UPSC 2020 without coaching. She always wanted to be a Chartered Accountant and pursued it since her school days, however, due to a family crisis she had to quit it and stay away from her studies for years. In the last 3 years, she has studied on her own without any coaching.

IAS Saloni Verma’s Biography

IAS officer Saloni was born in Jamshedpur state-Jharkhand and brought up in Delhi, India. She generally spends most of her time in Delhi. She secured 70 Rank in the UPSC 2020. She didn’t go to any coaching and did her Civil Service preparation by herself.

She cleared the UPSC in her second attempt. Her desire to work for the country inspired her to take the step towards the UPSC journey. She did her schooling and completed graduation in Delhi. Her Instagram handle 

IAS Saloni UPSC Rank

Indian Administrative Service officer Saloni achieved UPSC rank 70 in the year 2020. She cleared the Civil Service exam on her second try without taking any coaching. She prepared for the examination on her own.

Success Story

Saloni’s life was spent in Delhi. She completed her graduation from Hindu College Delhi University. She did her bachelors in English Literature.

Her UPSC journey started in the third year of her college. She shared that she wasn’t following proper discipline. Some days she will study and some days she will hang out with her friends. Also, she wasn’t aiming for the ultimate goal; she just wanted to clear the prelims first and focus on the rest later.

She knew her preparation wasn’t good enough but she still tried, she already knew that she wouldn’t be able to clear the exam. She failed the prelims by 50-60 marks.

Second Attempt

After the first attempt, she realized all her faults and disciplined herself. After her graduation, she completely focused on the UPSC exam. She studied by herself. Her strategy was to focus on small things like society in GS-I, internal security in GS-III, topics that don’t have a standard source. Because while practicing paper she realized this kind of topic holds around 40-50 marks in the exam. So if she focuses on them she will be able to secure more marks.

Secondly, she was very serious about the Essay paper even though she was from an Arts background. She practiced 8-9 essays. She wrote things that are relevant to the topic without making it complex. Try to have a unique approach rather than following the crowd. One just needs to have faith in themselves.

Advice From IAS Saloni Verma

She said that she wasn’t sure whether she would clear the prelims or not and was having doubts. But still, she prepared the optional subject, ethics, and a few more topics. Because these topics are going to be the same next year as well. Saloni advises the candidates to not be restricted to certain preparation strategies. Because there are many different ways to prepare for the exam. 

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