[Topper’s Interview] Manish Kumar Khare (AIR-677/CSE-2014) IBM Business Analyst,History Optional, from UttarPradesh


[Topper’s Interview] Manish Kumar Khare (AIR-677/CSE-2014) IBM Business Analyst,History Optional, from UttarPradesh

  1. Candidate Profile
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. Electronic Vs Paper material
  5. Tempo and style
  6. Struggle of a Senior player
  7. Working professional
  8. Prelims (CSAT) General studies
  9. Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
  10. Prelim accuracy
  11. Mains: Compulsory language paper
  12. Mains: Essay
  13. General Studies (Mains) paper 1
  14. General studies (Mains) paper 2
  15. General studies (Mains) Paper 3
  16. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  17. GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2014
  18. Mains answer-writing?
  19. Mains Optional Subject
  20. Before the interview
  21. During the interview
  22. CSE-2014 Marksheet
  23. Career Backup
  24. Views on UPSC reforms
  25. Insecurity about profile
  26. Wisdom
  27. Credit: Friends/family
  28. BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Candidate Profile


Q. Details
Rank in CSE-2014 677
Roll No. 209443
Age 30
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 3
Optional Subject History
Schooling Medium Hindi (Till 12th Class)
College medium English
Medium chosen for Mains answers English
Medium chosen for Interview English
Home town/city Pratapgarh, UP
Work-experience if any
  1. Currently working in IBM as Business Analyst.
  2. Previously in Tech Mahindra
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures NA
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used) History optional: S. BaliyanMock Interviews: Samkalp (2), Chronicle (1), Chaitanya (1)
Service preferences (Top-5) IAS > IPS > IRS (IT) > IRS (Customs) > IA&AS
state cadre preference (Top-5) UP > UK > MP > Haryana > Rajasthan


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% in class 10 77.17
% in class 12 76.6
Graduation course and % B Tech (75.9)
Name of college, city, passing out year UP Tech University (2006)
Post-graduation MS (2009, CGPA 8.54), BITS Pilani
Any other professional courses NA
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Reading Novels (Hindi)


Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?

I have been working in IT industry for last 8.5 years. 3 years back because of many small incidences I got inclined towards Civil services (though I have been a late starter).

Electronic Vs Paper material

Q. In recent times, there is spur in electronic material- blogs, sites, pdfs, RSS-feeds. Many aspirants feel bogged down by this information overload. So, how much do you rely on electronic material and how much on the paper material (Books, newspapers)? If possible narrate a typical day in your studylife. What is your style of preparation (e.g. I continue making notes no matter what I’m reading, I just read multiple times but don’t maintain notes, I make mindmaps on computer …or xyz style)

Electronic material is of great help if you want to study smartly and wish to make full use of the available time. For working professional it is much more important to use electronic materials. I have read new NCERTs completely on my phone and laptop only. The Hindu, mrunal.org, prsindia.org etc reading was from internet as well.

In CSE 2014, My day started at 5:30 AM. I used to attend History coaching (July – Nov, 2015) from 8 AM – 10 AM. In between this, I used to read the Hindu newspaper on my mobile. In case of idle time in office (Usually 30 minutes to 1 hour) used to read mrunal.org, prsindia.org, pib.nic.in etc.

After reaching home used to get a glimpse of the Hindu physical copy to fill the gap. Then tried to devote 2 to 3 hours in the night for book reading (GS and optional).

The no of hours are not important, but the consistency is the key in the preparation.

Tempo and style

Q. People know what books and syllabus points are to be prepared. But most of them lack consistency in their preparation. So, how do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?

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