Abhilash Mishra – Rank 5 – Optional Public Administration

Abhilash Mishra – Rank 5 – Optional Public Administration


Profile :

NameAbhilash Mishra
GraduationMechanical Engineer, MNNIT
UPSC RankRank 5 Year 2016
Attempt4th Attempt
Optional SubjectPublic Administration


Score Card:

General Studies Paper 1108/250
General Studies Paper 2102/250
General Studies Paper 3109/250
General Studies Paper 4124/250
Public Administration Paper 1166/250
Public Administration Paper 2168/250
Mains Written Exam Total908/1750
Interview Score184/275
Total Score1092/2025


Sample Answers:

Reference Books:

General Studies
  • NCERTs
  • Shankar IAS – Environment
  • History of India – Bipin Chandra
  • Indian Polity – Lakshmikanth
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar (IPS) and Vipul Kumar
  • Goh Cheng Leong
  • Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe
  • Government Reports and Committees recommendations
  • LukmaanIAS materials
  • Current Affairs – Newspapers, Yojana, Kurukshetra, Mrunal , Insights, IDSA website
Mains Optional – Public Administration
  • New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Social Theory and Development Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Restructuring Public Administration A New Look by Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Public Administration (New Issues and Perspectives) by Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Administrative Thinkers by Prasad & Prasad
  • Public Administration and Public Affairs by Nicholas Henry
  • Articles of UNDP and other organization reports related to Public Administration
  • Second Administrative Reform Commission reports (especially 4th, 5th,6th and 10th )
  • Other important committee and commission recommendation like Malimath Committee, Kiran Aggarwal Committee, Punchhi Commission



  • Proper planning in advance and allocating adequate time to all the sections of the syllabus can help in managing time in both prelims and mains.
  • I tried to use facts and drawings and maps wherever possible to make my answers more presentable. It developed after discussion with my friends and teachers.
  • Never lose heart and hope. In this exam there are elements that are beyond one’s control and therefore keep working hard, rectify your mistakes from previous attempts and give full attention to this examination. Sooner or later success will come to you.


Success Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NXT3IL5q9I