IAS Gaurav Agarwal Biography, UPSC Rank, Marksheet, Age, Education, Bio & More

The IAS topper Gaurav Agarwal, a man from the Pink City of India is well known for cracking the most covetable exams in India. The life of Gaurav Agrawal is full of ups and downs. He had a very hard time getting a degree from IIT Kanpur as he failed many subjects. In the final semester, he failed another subject that got his degree extended by a semester. He used to stay back on vacations for clearing the backlog and paid regular visits to the professor’s accommodations seeking Leniency. However, this made him learn resilience and made him the IAS topper who failed his graduation exam.

IAS Gaurav Agarwal Biography, UPSC Rank, Marksheet, Age, Education, Bio & More

Who is Gaurav Agarwal?

Gaurav Agarwal IAS topper, from the Pink City of India, has secured AIR 1 by cracking the most covetable UPSC exams in India. The life of Gaurav is filled with ups and downs. While he was graduating, it was a very hard time for him to get his degree from IIT Kanpur because he failed in many subjects.

IAS Gaurav Agarwal Biography

The total attempts is CSE
Full NameGaurav Agarwal
Exam YearCSE 2013
Rank In CSEAIR 1
Age38 Years (as of 2023)
38 years (as of 2023)2
State and Place of Residence (Permanent)Rajasthan
Optional SubjectEconomics
Home Town/CityJaipur
Education & Qualification
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityIIT Kanpur
Education/QualificationComputer Science engineering
FatherNot Known
MotherNot Known
BrotherNot Known
SisterNot Known
WifePreeti Airun
Physical Stats
HeightNot Known
WeightNot Known
Eye ColourNot Known
Hair ColourNot Known

Gaurav Agarwal Family & Support

Gaurav’s family members were supportive of his journey. Gaurav Agarwal said, “I was motivated by my father, mother, elder sister, and other family members, who guided me in my studies.” His father S.C. Gupta who is a manager at Jaipur Dairy said that at first, his whole family did not fully agree with his decision of leaving a job of more than 1.25 crores to sit for the UPSC exam where the rate of clearing the exam successfully is very low but he supported and motivated Gaurav from the beginning.

His mother Suman Gupta and his 85-year-old grandfather, L N Gupta were his constant supporters too. Later his entire family motivated Gaurav and also guided him.

Is Gaurav Agarwal Married?

Gaurav got married to Dr. Preeti Airun now Agarwal just 4 days after his interview for the UPSC exam. Preeti supported him when Gaurav decided to attempt a second time for the UPSC exam as he wanted to become an IAS officer.

Gaurav Agarwal IAS Education

After completing his education at school, IAS Gaurav Agarwal crack the toughest Engineering exam and bagged AIR 45 in IIT JEE-2001 at the age of 16. He did his graduation from the IIT Kanpur in the year 2005 with Computer Science Engineering. But Gaurav failed at IIT Kanpur, and his degree got extended for another semester.

However, this failure did not block his way to climbing the mountains. After this failure, he bounced back and cracked the toughest exam of MBA in India at the age of 21, by scoring 99.94 in CAT 2005 and joining the most academically rigorous MBA College. There he graduated with flying colors in 2008 and also begged a gold medal for academic excellence.

Also, he worked for 40 months at Citigroup as an Investment Banker.

Gaurav’s Journey To UPSC

Gaurav Agarwal left his well-paid job to serve the people of India and he appeared for an exam in which the success rate is almost 0.4% and also known as one of the toughest exams in the world. When everyone in his family was busy with his wedding preparation, Gaurav Agarwal was busy with his books and learning strategy. He appeared for the personal interview just four days before his wedding.

Later on, the UPSC declared the results and Gaurav Agarwal topped the UPSC 2013 and became the first person from the Royal State to bag the first rank in Civil Services Examination. Gaurav Agarwal’s UPSC Rank was AIR 1 in 2013.

UPSC Journey of the Investor Banker Gaurav Agarwal

Gaurav Agarwal left his job to sit for the Civil Service Exam. “I found that the job of a civil servant is more challenging and very distinguished.

The Civil servant understands the issues and problems of people and has a chance to serve the people, so I finally decided to quit the job and returned to India for the preparations in 2011,” said IAS Gaurav Agarwal.

This was the biggest turning point in his life where he left a well-paid job to serve our Nation.

Gaurav said that he also joined coaching classes for history in Delhi.

He discontinued his coaching classes after six months and returned to his hometown for self-preparation.

Multiple attempts by Gaurav Agarwal

According to PTI reports, Gaurav Agarwal’s first attempt at the UPSC exam was in the year 2012. In that year, he gained 244 ranks and got selected as an IPS Officer. Gaurav was doing training at the Police Academy in Hyderabad but his intentions were very clear about being an IAS officer.

Despite clearing the UPSC exam on his first attempt, he prepared again and opted for a second attempt in the following year.

In his second attempt in 2013, Gaurav’s hard work paid off as he became an IAS Officer by achieving the top rank and became the first person in his home state to get AIR 1 in the UPSC exam.

UPSC CSE Topper 2021: IAS Success Stories

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Gaurav Agarwal’s Posting And Work As An IAS Officer

Currently, Gaurav is working as the CEO of Zila Parishad, Karauli Rajasthan. He is a technology enthusiast and stills follows his passion for finance. Where everyone in the world is looking forward to using Artificial intelligence to improve their productivity and efficiency, but he is finding ways to utilize AI in public policies. Therefore, backward people can avail themselves of the maximum benefits of advanced technology.

Gaurav Agarwal worked on various technological projects to improve the life of the last mile, poor and marginalized people. When the farmer’s distress is continuously rising in India. Gaurav Agarwal is trying to improve the lives of the farmers by using technology.

Some Lesser Facts About Gaurav Agarwal

  • Gaurav Agarwal is a great sports enthusiast. Gaurav’s favorite pastime is playing cricket, apart from reading in his leisure time. In his childhood, he used to play cricket almost every day on a fixed schedule.
  • When he cracked the UPSC exam with rank 1 in 2013, he started blogging in ‘Khelo India; In Khelo India Gaurav used to share tips and strategies with the candidates which will help them to study better for the UPSC exam.
  • Gaurav Agarwal has even collaborated with Un-Academy, an online coaching platform to share his strategies.


What is the qualification of IAS Gaurav Agarwal?

After completing his education at school, IAS Gaurav Agarwal crack the toughest Engineering exam and bagged AIR 45 in IIT JEE-2001 at the age of 16. He did his graduation from the IIT Kanpur in the year 2005 with Computer Science Engineering.

Who is the father of Gaurav Agarwal?

He draws motivation and inspiration from his father SC Gupta who is a manager with Jaipur Dairy. His mother Suman Gupta is a homemaker.

What is the net worth of Gaurav Agarwal?

$1 million (Approx)

What is the age of gaurav agrawal?

38 years (as of 2023)

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