Ansar Shaikh-The Youngest IAS Officer Of India

Ansar Shaikh-The Youngest IAS Officer Of India
Ansar Shaikh-The Youngest IAS Officer Of India

Ansar Shaikh IAS is the youngest IAS officer of India who cleared this toughest exam at one go in 2016 when he was just 21 years old. Let’s have a quick look at the Ansar Shaikh wiki.  He used to support the family and help his brother prepare for the UPSC exam by working in the garage.

Youngest IAS Officer

  • Ansar is the son of Yonus Shaikh Ahmad, an autorickshaw driver from Jalna’s Shelgaon village in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra.
  • His mother worked in fields.
  • His younger brother, Anees dropped out of school in standard VII. Anees worked in a garage to support the family and help his brother prepare for the IAS exam.


He has a degree in political science from Fergusson College, Pune. He secured 73 percent in his graduation. Ansar had attended a private IAS coaching class for his UPSC civil services preparation.

What is the main work of an IAS officer?

  • The IAS officer performs a number of varied tasks depending on his/her posting and department.
  • Much of the work involves an administrative charge of a district/area/department, policy formulation, policy implementation, heading PSUs, etc.
  • An IAS officer can also be sent on missions abroad, or assigned to a department directly under the central government.
  • There are provisions to depute IAS officers to private organizations for short tenures as well.

IAS Officer Training

Candidates who successfully clear the UPSC IAS Exam get the first taste of life as an IAS officer as soon as they join the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) for initial training.

The day to day life of an IAS officer during training is very disciplined and starts at 6 am sharp.

The following is the schedule usually followed at LBSNAA:

  • 6 am: Morning exercise/horse riding training for 60 minutes
  • 7 am to 9 am: Free time for morning activities
  • 9:30 am onwards: 8-10 hours of academic activity including lectures, sports and extracurricular activities.

Officer trainees are left free before and after dinner to socialise and prepare for the next day. Outdoor activities such as treks to nearby rural areas to learn to cope with adversity and understand the lifestyle of rural India are an integral part of the training.

The training of IAS officers also includes Bharat Darshan (a study tour of India). Read more on the IAS Officer Training here.

Once a trainee graduates as an IAS officer, their schedule changes according to their allotted post.

A typical day for an officer posted in the field would begin at 9 am and would involve going through various daily reports, supervising various daily tasks of the department or district, visiting different areas to review the implementation of developmental activities and meetings.

These activities can stretch into the late evening and usually end by about 9 pm.

During emergencies such as natural disasters, riots etc. an IAS officer might put in continuous work coordinating response and relief teams well beyond normal duty hours.

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UPSC Preparation Strategy Of Ansar shaikh

  • Ansar Shaikh, the IAS officer concentrated on his optional subject preparation in the first six months. He chose his graduation subject, political science as his optional.
  • The general studies papers were his focus for the next six months. He constantly kept himself updated with the latest current affairs.
  • Ansar Shaikh IAS then completed revising and also focused on the remaining sections of the mains paper, in the next three months.
  • The youngest IAS officer of India gave nine months for his UPSC prelims preparation and dedicated the next 100 days for his UPSC mains preparation.
  • In the last 40 days, he kept himself busy in the preparation for the last and final round, the personality test round.

Ansar Shaikh, the youngest IAS officer of India broke all the previous records by clearing the toughest exam in the very first attempt and that too at such an early age. His dedication and hard work made him stand out from the crowd.

Ansar Shaikh is quite active on Instagram and is often seen sharing inspirational and informative posts that boost the motivation level of the young aspirants.

This inspiring journey of Ansar Shaikh will definitely work as motivation before UPSC prelims 2020 for all the aspirants. This inspiring journey reflects how dreams can come true if you put a little effort and make yourself ready to work a little more harder.

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