[Topper Talks] Tina Dabi IAS UPSC Topper 2015 Rank-1 : Bio-Data, Preparation Strategy, Booklist, Marksheet and Wisdom

This is the post about Tina Dabi IAS Topper AIR-1 Interview who cleared UPSC result declared on the evening of 10th May 2016 and there was the flow of success and happiness stricken at the door of Tina Dabi who secured 1st position in UPSC Civil service examination 2015. 

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.

Tina Dabi topped UPSC CSE 2015 Examination followed by Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan and Delhi’s Jasmeet Singh Sandhu.

UPSC Civil Servies 2015 Tooper : TINA DABI

Tina Dabi Bio Data & Details :

Tina Dabi
Rank in CSE-2014
Roll No.
Total attempts in CSE
Optional Subject
Poltical Science
Schooling Medium
English, Convent of Jesus and Mary School
College medium
English, Lady Shri Ram College
Medium chosen for Mains answers
Medium chosen for Interview
Home town/city
Delhi, born in Bhopal
Work-experience if any
0 years
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)
Enrolled at Delhi coaching for one year. joined mock test series as well.
Service preferences (Top-5)
State cadre preference

Tina Dabi’s Educational Background :
% in class 10
% in class 12
Graduation course and %
Political Science (Eco majors)- 81.5%
Name of college, city, passing out year
Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University
Any other professional courses
Painting (Madhubani art), travelling, playing, singing, basketball, playing guitar, photography and reading novels of Jane Austen.
Extracurricular achievements:
University gold medal-political science
University topper-academic year
Best all round student award

UPSC Topper Tina Dabi Preparation Strategy for CSE 2015 Exam

Tina Dabi UPSC CSE Preparation Strategy

Tina Dabi studied for 8 to 10 hours a day and gives the credit for her success to “strategy and planning”, placing emphasis on “having a schedule, weekly targets, and being disciplined and focused”. Tina Dabi’s secret mantra of success is hard work, focus, discipline and family support.

Tina Dabi said, “You feel lonely and you feel depressed because this is such a difficult exam. Other parts of your life become almost non-existent, so patience I think is main key for success. The secret formula to my success is a lot of hard work, lots of patience and being blessed with a very hardworking mother.”

Tina Dabi has always been a mercurial young girl and has shown immense potential throughout her career. This result is a testimony of her determination. She has obviously selected for IAS as her first choice and Haryana as her first choice for cadre

Optional Paper

Tina Dabi opted for Political Science as her optional subject. Both her parent are from engineering service but guided Tina Dabi to take up Political Science and she cracked the UPSC Exam and came out with flying colors in first go and topped it.


Tina Dabi cleared the UPSC Civil Services Exam in her first attempt, was elated. “I did expect I would make it to the list because my exams went well, but number 1 – that’s something that I would call the stuff of dreams,” Tina Dabi said.

Marksheet of Tina Dabi UPSC 2015 Topper (AIR 1)

Essay: 145/250

GS Paper 1 :119/250

GS Paper 2 :84/250

GS Paper 3 :111/250

GS Paper 4 :110/250

GS Total: 424/ 1000

Political Science & IR Paper 1 : 128/250

Political Science & IR Paper 2 : 171/250

Optional total :299/ 500

Written total : 868/ 1750

Interview :195/275

Total : 1063 /2025

List of Book referred by Tina Dabi UPSC 2016 Topper :

Books for Prelims used by UPSC Topper Tina Dabi:

Books for Mains used by UPSC Topper Tina Dabi:

Books for Interview used by UPSC Topper Tina Dabi:

Facts Behind Tina Dabi's Success

1. Tina Dabi, political science student, graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in 2014. Dabi, who has always been a good student, with deep interest in politics, was also pronounced 'student of the year' during her graduation, as revealed by her father.

2. The topper has chosen Haryana as her preferred cadre. She said that she always wanted to work in a challenging state - one of the main reasons behind her choosing Haryana. Further, women and gender equality is an issue close to her heart, she revealed. Talking about Haryana, she said, "We all know the sex ratio of girl and boy child is quite less and that is why I would like to contribute my efforts for the empowerment of women there." Elaborating more on her choice of Haryana as preferred state to work in, she said women should be given more chance to work in administration.

3. She credits her mother and her alma mater - Lady Shri Ram College for her success and mainly for her ideas about women empowerment. She said that she was brought up and shaped with very strong values as a young girl and a woman. 

4. Dabi comes from a family of engineers. Both her parents are Indian Engineering Service (IES) officers. Her mother however has taken voluntary retirement from the job. Tina happens to be the first in the family who joined civil services. Her younger sister looks forward to following in Tina's footsteps.

5. The 22-year-old calls herself a typical Delhi girl, whose hobbies include painting, with a penchant for Madhubani painting, reading and shopping. She is also a movie buff and enjoys watching English 

Message to Future UPSC Aspirants

For Success, You should Have Patients “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.

Father of Tina Diba told
“She was the topper of her school , She was the topper of her College and We were expecting that she will clear Civil service Examinations.

But She will do Top , It is just a big surprise for us.She has made us proud. She was very dedicated towards her UPSC Examinations and all the strategy of studies was well planned.

 He also added that he supported her a lot in every expect of her studies. we played the good role of parents in her complete preparation of UPSC.

Tina’s quotes

  • “It is indeed a proud moment for me”.

  • “I am surprised but at the same time happy and very ecstatic. I did believe that I would make it to the list but being number one is something of my dreams. The secret formula to my success is a lot of hard work, lots of patience and being blessed with a very hardworking mother.”

  • “I love studying. I used to study 10, 12 and 14 hours a day. And I guessed that it worked in my favour 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 favour.”

  • “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,”

  • “I opted for Haryana because it presents such an interesting example, where you have a lot of economic progress but when it comes to social indicators you are lagging behind, and that is a very big paradox.”

  • “I always wanted to work in a challenging state. That is why I chose Haryana. We all know the sex ratio of girl and boy child is quiet less and that is why I would like to contribute my efforts for the empowerment of women there.”

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