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Tina Dabi IAS UPSC Topper 2015-2016 Rank 1 
Tina Dabi Success Saga
Tina Dabi Bio Data
Name: Tina Dabi
Place: Delhi
Age: 22-year-old
Exam: UPSC
Rank: 1
Roll no: 0256747
College: Political Science
She will become: IAS Officer
Optional Subject – Political Science
Schooling Medium – English, Convent of Jesus and Mary School
College medium – English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women
Medium chosen for Mains answers – English
Medium opted for Interview – English
Home town/city – Delhi, born in Bhopal
Tina Dabi Marks In Civil Services Exam:
Mains Marks – 868 Marks
Interview Marks – 195 Marks
Total Marks – 1063 Marks
Total Percentage – 52 %

Twenty-two-year-old Tina Dabi from Delhi has topped the prestigious civil services exams 2015, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission or UPSC.
Statement is given to NDTV by Tina Dabi “It is indeed a proud moment for me,”
•    University gold medal-political science.
•    University topper-academic year.
•    Best all round student award.
In our interview with her, she said ” I use to study 8 hours a day” and she added, “Many of my friends were giving UPSC exam and she topped the exam”.
•    We asked why in every Competitive exam only girls top the exam, she said: ” There’s nothing like the only female can top, it’s who work hard will succeed”.
Message from IAS Tina Dabi to Future UPSC Aspirants
For Success, You should Have Patience “Told By IAS Tina Dabi.
She Started Her Preparation when she was in 11th Standard. Her Mom told that you should go for Humanity instead of Science. Her grooming started in Class 11th and she took arts. She was also the topper of CBSE and Graduation Topper of Lady Shri Ram College , Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal Also Congratulated IAS Tina Dabi by His Tweet.
The script ” “Congrats to Delhi girl Tina Dabi, topper of UPSC exam. I wish her a bright career,”
 Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  Congratulated All Civil services Aspirants by His Tweet.
Script ““Congrats to all those who cleared the civil services exam. My good wishes as they commence a new & exciting phase of their lives. To those who couldn’t clear – the disappointment is understandable but you must look ahead & work hard for your future endeavors. Good luck,”
A total of 1,078 candidates cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam – 499 from the general category, 314 from the other backward classes, 176 from the scheduled castes and 89 from the scheduled tribes.
•    After completing her schooling, she took admission in the Lady Sriram College of Commerce in 2011. She didn’t go for B.Com from here, rather she took admission in B. A. Political Science. You will be surprised to know that from this very year she had started to prepare for UPSC Civil Services Examination. 
Tina Dabhi Says
•    “I love studying. I used to study 10, 12 and 14 hours a day. And I guessed that it worked in my favor that I never lost patience and always used to believe in my abilities. I never thought that Civil Service Examinations is a very tough exam, is very time-consuming. Patience, focus, discipline and family support, I suppose worked in my favor.”
•    “My mother is my role model. She wanted me to study political science. I chose it and got through in the examination. It was one of my main subjects,”
•     “Study all the time is quite a boring thing. I read novels a lot, especially of Jane Austen. Always keep yourself updated with issues happening around you. I am a news maniac ..won’t ask you to become one but start loving and the following news..I am sure you will start enjoying it as well.”
Following are the strategies ( method of studying) 
•    Tina Dabi believed that an aspirant should at least study for 8hours in a day In which subjects should be given time according to their difficulty and that will be differing from person to person  , one should feel saturated or over do any study  cause it may lead to boredom and eventually hatred and this will be bad for your results .
•    Small interval breaks from a must part of one study , as refreshment will studying is also a key to remember better. She did the same with her studying.
•    According to her one aspirant should study at least 10 hours before the examination and focus on each and every subject for the exam according to their personal preference.
•    Tina Dabi feels that anyone who has complete focus and wants to make this as her / his absolute priority will crack the examinations clearly this was one of the reasons that she did.
•    REVISION is the key to all your queries , she feels one should focus on revision the most cause remembering things is a tough task and only revising the learned is the solution.
•    Hard work is undoubtedly important and so is smart study one should not waste time in exploring any topic in-depth as it will lead a person nowhere and on the top of it will be a confusion and become a mess for an aspirant to remember Numerous things which he went through.
•    She herself joined classes for the UPSC examination’s as told already but it is not really important for one to join these classes as will power and studying accurately is a must.
•    Tina Dabi had a genuine interest which was not under pressure which helped her to develop the desire of studying always.
•    To get your preferred Cadre your rank in the union public service commission plays a significant role and one should constantly focus on it so as to achieve it.
•    Tina had chosen Humanities over political science in her college days as she already knew where she had to reach and that helped her in the examinations.
•    Tina chooses her optional subject as Political science and she says that one should be very conscious while choosing her / his optional subject as a subject out of a person league may lead to extra study and time wastage.
•    As Tina Dabi had opted for Political science she had focused more on the basic study and concepts of the subject of Political science so that she can understand the depth of the topic in any then understand the topic as the whole.
•    One should not study only one subject in a day this might become boring for the aspirant’s interval switching of subjects is important according to Tina Dabi .
•    Tina also started reading a lot of her old textbooks in order to have an edge control of it.
•    Tina Dabi had joined not only coaching classes for a year but also for the Mock test series as well .
•    Difficulties are going to be a part of your journey always, one should avoid all the stepping stones and keep going and run for its goal.
•    Taking away all the negativity is one of the keys which Tina Dabi had accepted which let her keep going .
•    Tina Dabi says to clear IAS one should not compulsorily possess any special talent being ordinary is no harm .This exam is for hard workers and not for the special talented student that is just a cherry on the cake.
•    Regularity is a must.One should spend some hours of the day for studying if there is no continuity then it may not be easy for the aspirant to pass.
•    Tina says that in case a student can not pay for the coaching and is deprived of it .It is either ways not necessary for a person to go for coaching as it plays a minor role but reading NEWSPAPERS is a must and one should not avoid it come what may!.But guidance is necessary.
•    Saturation is a phase which is a part of all the IAS aspirants and Tina had also come across it , that she would feel to give up the studies every 3rd day but a constant motivation she received from her beloved ones was the only strength that kept her to move on and study hard.
Preparing for CSAT
CSAT has two papers. 
•    Paper one is about general studies and paper two is about logical reasoning and aptitude. The marks of paper one are counted while paper two is qualifying at 33% of the total marks. Preparation for each paper requires a different strategy. While the first requires memorizing content, the second requires practice.
•    According to Tina Dabhi “For paper one, I read all the foundation books three times before the exam and attempted a lot of mock tests to perfect my strategy since there is negative marking in this paper. I also kept myself well updated on current affairs since 50% of the paper is current affairs based”. 
•    “For paper two, 
1.    I solved one mock paper every third day. Since math was my weakness, 
2.    I practiced mathematical questions for one hour every day. 
3.    Reading comprehension questions were my strength, so I practiced a lot to score more in this section.”


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