[Topper’s Interview] Kunal Kishor (AIR-337/CSE-2014) Sociology, Patna, B.E., Asst.Manager in Bank

Kunal Kishor

[Topper’s Interview] Kunal Kishor (AIR-337/CSE-2014) Sociology, Patna, B.E., Asst.Manager in Bank

  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. GS2- Sample Keynote Answers
  20. Mains Optional Subject
  21. Before the interview
  22. During the interview
  23. CSE-2013 Marksheet
  24. Career Backup
  25. Insecurity about profile
  26. Wisdom
  27. Credit: Friends/family
  28. BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Candidate Profile

Kunal Kishor

Q. Details
Name Kunal Kishor
Rank in CSE-2014 337
Roll No. 119571
Age 23
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 2
Optional Subject Sociology
Schooling Medium English
College medium English
Medium chosen for Mains answers English
Medium chosen for Interview English
Home town/city Motihari/Patna
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)
  • Vajiram- mains updated course, interview.(2013,2014)
  • Sankalp- interview(2014 and 2015)
  • Sociology Test series- Mohpatra Sir,(2013 and 2014)
  • Praveen Kishore Sir,(Nice ias).(2014)Vision Ias test series.(2013 and 2014)
  • Ramaswamy Sir for essay and sociology classes. (2012)
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
Post-graduation No
Any other professional courses no
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Watching inspirational movies, playing rise of nations 

Computer game.


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-

  1. Read one material several times.
  2. Read the hindu for 2-3 hrs daily.
  3. 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.
  4. Never benefitted from making notes but started recently on evernote as it makes preparation customized.
  5.  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.
  6. 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?

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