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Inspiring Biography Of Tanu Jain

Tanu Jain cleared the UPSC CSE 2014 and is a civil servant.

Currently, she works as an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Defence.

Tanu Jain’s story of persisting even when she couldn’t clear the Civil Services Exam many times and then cracking the CSE is very inspiring.

So read on.


Tanu Jain was born in Sadar Bazaar, Delhi 6 into a business family.

Hers was a joint family and there wasn’t an atmosphere conducive of studying, her family members wanted her to get married after graduating.

But Tanu Jain’s parents were very supportive of her and allowed her to continue her education without forcing her to get married.

Inspired to become a doctor-

At the age of 7, Tanu Jain’s mother presented her with a doctor set and she grew up by playing with it.

This inspired her to grow up to become a doctor.

Later, Tanu Jain prepared for the medicine and became a doctor.


Tanu Jain did her schooling from Cambridge School, Srinivaspuri, New Delhi.

Later, she joined Subharti Dental College in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh to study for a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).

Tanu Jain was an average student.

Very supportive parents-

In 2004, Tanu Jain’s father suffered an accident and during that time she was studying in the college.

Her father was bedridden for two subsequent years and during that time, she had a second thought of abandoning her education.

But the turning point of Tanu Jain’s life was when her bedridden father inspired her to move to the hostel and continue her education.

Her mother was also very supportive of her.

Then, Tanu Jain continued her education and graduated in BDS.

Learning about Civil Services-

Tanu Jain learnt about Civil Services

Tanu Jain learnt about the Civil Services for the first time while in her BDS internship.

She was very impressed by the Civil Services when she came to know that the IAS officers are well respected and are considered intelligent.

Tanu Jain was particularly attracted towards the Civil Services because compared to being a dentist, here she could serve the public on a larger scale and influence their health and education.

Preparing for Civil Services-

In 2012, Tanu Jain started preparing for the Civil Services after passing out in BDS.

She wrote the Prelims exam in 2012 and wrote the Civil Services Exam every year from 2012 until 2017, that is, she gave six attempts.

Tanu Jain cleared the exam in 2014 but she continued appearing for the exam for many years for upgradation as she didn’t get the allocation of her choice and also sometimes, she didn’t get the service.

Tanu Jain secured a rank of 648 in UPSC CSE 2014.

The difficult part-

In her initial attempts, Tanu Jain was able to clear the Prelims and Main exams but wasn’t able to score well in the interviews.

The issue was that she wasn’t formal in the interview and was very chirpy and thanks to this, she wasn’t getting selected.

Thankfully, Tanu Jain worked on her personality and worked to become a good interviewee and from her third attempt onwards, she started performing well in the interviews.

Test series-

Tanu Jain didn’t take coaching for the Civil Services but she wrote many test series.

She gave a total of ten test series for the Main exam in her six CSE attempts.

Test series helped her to evaluate herself.

While studying for the Prelims, Tanu Jain used to study by guessing what questions could be asked from that particular text, this helped her to form answers in her mind and stay on track.

Switching optional-

In her first two attempts, Tanu Jain chose Sanskrit and then Public Administration as her optional subjects.

From her third attempt onwards, she chose Philosophy as her optional subject because she loved philosophy.

And this decision paid off as Tanu Jain was able to secure good marks in philosophy and thanks to this, she was able to get selected into the Civil Services.

Her role-

Tanu Jain belongs to the Civil services 2015 Batch and was allocated the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (AFHQCS).

From April 2016, she is working as the Assistant Director in the Ministry of Defence.

An interesting fact-

Apala Mishra and Navjot Simi also studied BDS and then cleared the Civil Services Exam.

A panelist-

Tanu Jain is one of the panelists in the Drishti IAS and conducts interviews of the UPSC candidates.

She helps the candidates by giving them the required feedback to better perform in the interviews.

Her book-

Tanu Jain and her husband, Vatsalya Kumar wrote a book by the name, UPSC Syllabus And Faqs And Preparation Strategy.

This book was published on 11 November 2019.

So, how are you inspired by the success story of Tanu Jain?

Share with me in the comment section below.

Tanu Jain image credit- Swami Vivekanand Subharti University/YouTube

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Thursday 23rd of June 2022

her life journey teaches us not to be scared of failures and never give up. The article is well written and simple

Naveen Reddy

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Thank you naitik.