[Topper’s Interview] Manish Kumar Khare (AIR-677/CSE-2014) IBM Business Analyst,History Optional, from UttarPradeshDevendra Vishwakarma
- Candidate Profile
- Electronic Vs Paper material
- Tempo and style
- Struggle of a Senior player
- Working professional
- Prelims (CSAT) General studies
- Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
- Prelim accuracy
- Mains: Compulsory language paper
- Mains: Essay
- General Studies (Mains) paper 1
- General studies (Mains) paper 2
- General studies (Mains) Paper 3
- General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
- GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2014
- Mains answer-writing?
- Mains Optional Subject
- Before the interview
- During the interview
- CSE-2014 Marksheet
- Career Backup
- Views on UPSC reforms
- Insecurity about profile
- Credit: Friends/family
- BOGUS Marketing Propaganda
|Name||MANISH KUMAR KHARE|
|Rank in CSE-2014||677|
|Total attempts in CSE (including this one)||3|
|Schooling Medium||Hindi (Till 12th Class)|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Medium chosen for Interview||English|
|Home town/city||Pratapgarh, UP|
|Work-experience if any||
|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?