[Topper’s Interview] Kunal Kishor (AIR-337/CSE-2014) Sociology, Patna, B.E., Asst.Manager in BankDevendra 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?
- GS2- Sample Keynote Answers
- Mains Optional Subject
- Before the interview
- During the interview
- CSE-2013 Marksheet
- Career Backup
- Insecurity about profile
- Credit: Friends/family
- BOGUS Marketing Propaganda
|Rank in CSE-2014||337|
|Total attempts in CSE (including this one)||2|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Medium chosen for Interview||English|
|Work-experience if any||Joined bank as asst manager|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||Ibps|
|Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)||
|Service preferences (Top-5)||Ias,ifs,ips,irs(it),irs(customs)|
|state cadre preference (Top-5)||Bihar,Up,Jharkhand,AGMUT,MP|
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|% in class 10||92|
|% in class 12||89.6|
|Graduation course and %||B.E., 78%|
|Name of college, city, passing out year||Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi,2013|
|Any other professional courses||no|
|Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements||Watching inspirational movies, playing rise of nations
Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
I was born and brought up in Motihari and Patna. I did 12th and engineering from Delhi. I was supported in my preparation by my father Mr. Ram Kishor Thakur, mother Mrs. Baby Thakur . I started the preparation in 2011 during 3rd year of my engineering. I stayed in Delhi with my younger brother Akshay Kumar whose cheerful nature made the preparation very smooth and relaxing.
It was dream of my grandfather Late Shri Bhagya Narayan Thakur to see me selected in civil service exam. It gives me immense pleasure to accomplish this dream of my grandfather and make my parents and entire family proud.
I entered this field as it gives immense satisfaction in public service and also gives personal satisfaction in terms of prestige associated with civil services.
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).
This is the most important section I used to focus on mrunal. I found all aspirants have different style and there is no one said style of preparation. What I followed was this-
- Read one material several times.
- Read the hindu for 2-3 hrs daily.
- Most important- read every word, every line and every sentence by questioning why and how. Note- It takes time to understand things and it may take 3 months -1year to understand what I mean by this. My humble request to aspirants is that you must not leave this habit. Questioning things is fundamental in human nature and the same approach is required in upsc by which they mean being analytical.
- Never benefitted from making notes but started recently on evernote as it makes preparation customized.
- Electronic material- I started reading hindu on tab after joining bank, searched for new terms online, especially those found in hindu, read mrunal, practiced questions on insights. But most important read everything by having why in mind.
- Another important thing I will discuss in answer writing section and interview.
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?