IAS Target

Nitin Singhania

Year : 2012

Rank : 51

Topper Story - NITIN SINGHANIA Background

Marks Obtained

Paper Total Marks Marks Obtained
Essay 200 98
General Studies 600 122 + 102
Commerce and Accountancy 600 144 + 134
Economics 600 140 +131
Total 2000 871
Interview 300 174
Grand Total 2300 1045
Optional Subjects
Optional Subjects 1 Economics
Optional Subjects 2 Commerce and Accountancy
Success Plan
Medium of writing English
Language medium for Personality Test English
Number of Attempts 2

Secret of Success

Not special, one has to keep faith in himself and do hard work in the right direction

Credit for Success

I am Nitin Singhania and ICS - AIR 51 in 2012. The credit goes to my parents, friends and mentors for encouraging and shown faith in me.


Exploring places of interest


  • Chartered Accountant from ICAI
  • Company Secretary from ICSI
  • B.Sc. (Economics Honours) from Presidency College, Kolkata
  • M. Sc (Applied Economics) from Presidency College, Kolkata


Focus more on conventional topics in the GS as Paper-1 includes Indian History, Polity, Geography, Economics and Arts, and Culture, which covers a major chunk of the syllabus. I also read the Indian Year Book and Economic Survey. For C-SAT, I regularly practiced full-length mock tests in the last 4 months, which helped me to get a good score.
To avoid negative marking one must be careful while attempting Questions. However Questions in which 2 options are eliminated can be answered and it is worth the risk. 


I Focused more on current affairs for the GS paper and put more effort into preparing my optional subjects. Regularly writing the Test Series for all the papers did a great help to me finish the papers on time during Mains Examination. Moreover, as I started my preparation just after the prelims without waiting for the results, therefore I was able to cover the syllabus optimally.


I did not follow any particular book for the essay, but reading Yojna and Kurushetra was helpful in this regard. Developing a strategy to write an essay is more important than preparing different topics for the essay. Using quotes and phrases add to the quality of the essay. The conclusion should be forward-looking and optimistic

Interview Board

P K Mishra Sir