Riya Dabi

Year : 2020

Rank : 15

Topper Story - RIYA DABI Background
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has had many female toppers every so often. The girls of India have proved their spirit in various sectors. Females in India had come a long way since 1947, when India gained Independence from British Empire. How often does it happen that sisters clear UPSC together or secure top ranks in the Civil Services exam? There are numerous examples of such sisters in the history of the UPSC exam.
Tina Dabi and Ria Dabi are the most famous sisters till now in the history of UPSC. The selection of Ria, younger sister of UPSC - 2015 Topper Tina Dabi, and securing All India Rank 15 in UPSC CSE 2020 has proved the spirit of the household of Dabi in India. The sister duo has made breaking news for their success in UPSC. My elder sister was the Topper of UPSC CSE 2016, while my younger sister secured AIR 15 in CSE 2020. Both Dabi sisters are extremely active on social media and have a great fan following on all social media platforms. Nowadays, Tina Dabi is posted as the Joint Secretary of Finance under the Ministry of Finance to the Government of Rajasthan.

Life Story of Ria Dabi 

Ria Dabi belongs to Bhopal & her hometown is Delhi. Her father’s name is Mr. Jaswant Dabi & her Mother’s name is Himani Dabi. Ria has completed her schooling at Jesus & Mary school in Delhi. 
It was her first attempt & she topped the exam with an All India Rank 15. Younger Sister Ria always wanted to be an IAS officer, just like her elder sister. In the words of Ria Dabi, UPSC is the most challenging exam & the success mantra to crack UPSC needs consistency in studies. Only by hard work, perseverance, and dedication can one crack the examination. Ria Dabi was disappointed when the examination got postponed due to COVID-19. It disturbed her schedule. She again started preparation & with the hard work, she cracked the exam and made her parents proud.

Ria Dabi’s UPSC Marksheet

Ria Dabi’s UPSC mark sheet is given below:-
AIR 15
UPSC Mains (Written)Exam Marks 859
Personality Test marks 162
Total Marks 1021

UPSC Preparation Strategy of Ria Dabi

Ria Dabi She used to study 10 to 12 hours a day. She was committed to cracking the UPSC exam. A positive environment & family support are very crucial in her journey to crack UPSC. Pressure and Tension during the UPSC exam are harmful. It can be harmful to all your hard work. As per Ria, if the exam is tough for you, then it will be tough for other aspirants also. So keep calm & study hard. Ria shared her UPSC preparation strategy & advised all the candidates:-
  • Reading newspapers is very important for current affairs preparation. Ria used to study The Hindu and The Indian Express newspaper. She was more comfortable with the newspaper instead of the Internet for current affairs.
  • Collect all the useful details and information related to the syllabus. Understanding the syllabus & exam patterns assists in exam preparation.
  • Always take inspiration from toppers but avoid the following Topper blindly. My elder sister Tina Dabi has been an inspiration to me. She guides me throughout my UPSC preparation.
  • Aspirants should make notes of every topic & revise it on a regular basis. Revision is important to learn more things and clear all concepts.
  • Don’t use multiple resources for study. It will make your study confusing. So, always follow the syllabus & essential study material.
Ria Dabi also wants to work in the Rajasthan cadre, just like her elder sister. We should imbibe positive thinking and stay away from negative people & negativity. UPSC Civil Service exam is a long journey, and it needs patience and perseverance. If you take too much stress and Tension, it will ruin all the hard work you put in throughout the UPSC journey.
The UPSC announced the Civil Service Examination - 2020 results & a total of 761 candidates, out of which 216 women have cleared the UPSC examination. Ria Dabi, 23, was one among those who cleared the examination.
A student of the Convent of Jesus & Mary in Delhi, Ria Dabi went on to pursue her graduation in political science from LSR College of Delhi University (DU). She completed her graduation in 2019; she says that she started her CSE preparation soon thereafter.
 Ria also adds that as additional material, one could also refer to the current affairs magazines like Yojna, Kurushetra, Indian Year Book, and 2nd ARC reports. Aspirants must be diligent in their preparation & following a schedule while studying is very important. 
Speaking about how Ria went about reading the newspaper, Ria Dabi says, “I would first look at the papers, cover-to-cover, to make sure I had an idea of everything mentioned. Be attentive to the editorial as this offers great material while writing the essay answers at a later stage.” She says, “I would cut out newspaper articles that I found relevant & paste them in my folder. She revisited the same for revision on a regular basis. If any news article about a certain event or incident, she made a note of the same in her notebook and also found additional information to substantiate it. 
Examples of the kind of news articles under the current affairs section Ria would cut out to memorize later included newly launched government schemes, information about any summit or conference being held, articles about the environmental condition, climate change & international relations.
Ria adds here that one must be smart while studying for the UPSC exam. “It is not just about what you study but how well you study them & are able to remember them. Revision is key to success in UPSC examination, and you must ensure that you are doing it at regular intervals.”
The syllabus of the UPSC exam is vast, and therefore aspirants must try & curtail their study material to what is essential. Stick to NCERT & build your foundation using those. Additionally, get only books & the study material that will add value to your existing knowledge base and information.” In conclusion, Ria Dabi says that working on your presentation skills to write an essay in the main exam will also do aspirants good. “Starting essay with a powerful quote, statistics, or even an anecdote or incident that attracts the attention of the copy checker. Ensure that your essay follows a very clear structure & flows from one paragraph to the other. Instead of long statements and sentences, try to make them concise, short, and simple. Offering the examiner a broad perspective will help to get more marks on the Essay paper. Always ensure that you end on an optimistic note & refrain from being overly pessimistic or critical.”