[Toppers Interview] Om Prakash Kasera (AIR 17/CSE 2011) working professional without Coaching cracks IAS exam and shares his journey studyplan and preparation tips

[Toppers Interview] Om Prakash Kasera (AIR 17/CSE 2011) working professional without Coaching cracks IAS exam and shares his journey studyplan and preparation tips


This gentleman was once rejected for a call centre job, but then he went on to ace the Chartered Accountants’ exam, was selected for IIM Calcutta. And now he has cracked the mother of all Exams, and that too, without leaving the job and without coaching. His life and journey exemplifies that failure is at best temporary, and with hard work, a man can achieve what he aims to achieve.

It’s a pleasure and honor to have Mr. Om Prakash Kasera here with us, sharing his journey and IAS Exam preparation strategy for the benefit of future aspirants.

  1. Prologue
  2. Introduction
  3. Inception
  4. The Choice of Optional Subjects
  5. Momentum
  6. Hours
  7. Internet
  8. Essay
  9. Working professional
  10. Your Study plan
  11. CSAT (Paper I) General studies
  12. About the CSAT aptitude
  13. Mains Examination
  14. General Studies paper I
  15. General Studies paper 2
  16. Public Administration
  17. Interview
  18. Marksheet
  19. Message


Roll number 315716
Rank (CSE 2011) 17
Optional Subjects Commerce, Pub Admn.
Medium for Mains Exam English
Mains Examination Centre Jaipur
Number of Attempts 2
Details of Graduation and Post-Grad. B.com, MBA(Finance), CA, CS, ICWA, CIMA(UK)
Schooling (Medium) Hindi
Extracurricular activities,hobbies, achievements etc.
  • Hobbies (Reading Books, Solving Puzzles, Sleeping)
  • Selected for Fellowship in Finance discipline by IIM-Calcutta in 2008.(Did not Join)
  • All India Topper in CS Inter.
  • All India Topper in ICWA Inter.
  • All India 2nd Rank in CS Final
  • All India 2nd Rank in CWA Final
  • All India 17th Rank in CA Final
  • Gold Medalist of MBA 2005 batch in R A Podar Institute of Management, Jaipur.
  • 1st rank in University commerce college, Jaipur in B.Com.
  • 4th rank in Rajasthan Management Aptitude Test (RMAT)
  • 15th position in the merit list of Uni. of Rajasthan in B.Com.
Are you a working professional? Yes. Currently working in ONGC Videsh Limited as Finance and Accounts officer since Feb, 2010. Earlier also worked for World bank as research associate.
If yes, then did you leave your jobor prepared while on the job? Prepared while on job.Took only one month’s leaves for preparation.Still working.
Did you take Coaching? Prelims: NoMains: NoInterview:No
Did you buy any postal courses? No
Did you join any Mock test series? No
Did you appear in any other competitive exams? Way back in PO and SSC,Selected but did not join


Q. When and how did the inspiration and idea of joining civil service come in your mind?
OM AIR 17/CSE 2011
It’s all written in Destiny.  Like in “Alchemist”, Paulo Coelho says that if you really want something in life from your heart, then the whole world conspires against you to achieve that.To to understand this, Please allow me to share my life story. I know it’s lengthy but it’s worthy to be read because if a person like me who never got any guidance, was from Hindi medium till 12th, was from rural and humble financial background, did not have access to good schooling, books, friends, mentors etc.., can do this, then anybody in this world can do this. Even now I did not take any coaching, did not join any Mock interview or test series at any stage of CSE.Everybody sees lots of dreams in his childhood. IAS since my childhood was one of those dreams. Since I belong to a very small town in Rajasthan and my parents are not that much educated, I never find any kind of guidance from anyone. So much so that till the time I came to Jaipur for B.com, I have not even heard of term CA and MBA. B.com also was some kind of higher study for me and my parents. So I just enrolled for B.com and did nothing else in those 3 years except enjoying my life the most. In last year of B.com, there was this MBA wave and many of my friends were taking coaching for CAT and RMAT and one of those friends filled my form as well.
Subsequently, I appeared for RMAT and fortunate enough to get 4th rank and enter into the best B-school of Rajasthan and that too at a very low cost(very crucial for me at that time.) After completing MBA I started looking for the jobs but could not succeed, even I was rejected for a 8000 Rs. Per month call center job. That was the lowest point of my life. At that time, my mentor, my guru, Dr. Harsh Dwivedi who was professor in my MBA college and currently is the director of the RAPIM, came to my rescue. He advised me to start teaching and even arranged some guest classes for me. Later on while appearing for CA, CS and CWA, this proved a great asset to me. Then I completed all these degrees, simultaneously taking guest classes and undergoing CA articleship. Meanwhile  I was selected for banks, SSC but did not join any of them. When I was in 3rd year of my CA articleship, I got selected for world bank but due to some technical problem with CA institute, I had to leave world bank after working for 2 months. Then I joined ONGC in Feb 2010. I don’t remember why and how but I applied for CSE-2010 in Dec 2010-Jan 2011 before going for training in ONGC Academy Dehradun and forgot about that.

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