UPSC declared the result for civil services, Jaipur Kanishak Katariya topped the examination this year. He has an impressive career before clearing the UPSC exam, he also topped the IIT-JEE in the SC category. He graduated from IIT Bombay, went to work for Samsung in South Korea.
His family background involves the civil servant and had observed public service from a close quarter — his father Sanwarmal Verma and uncle Kailash Chand Verma are both IAS officers. While the former is the director of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department in the Rajasthan government, the latter is Jaipur’s Divisional Commissioner.
How his Journey to clear this exam-: He completed his schooling from Kota in 2010, Katariya cleared the IIT-JEE, getting all-India rank 1 in the SC category, and rank 44 in the general category.
He then pursued Computer Science and Engineering from IIT-Bombay. “In South Korea, I worked for Samsung Electronics for one-and-half years as a software engineer. And then for one year, I was in Bangalore, where I worked as a data scientist at a technological solutions firm,” he said.
Katariya further added that he studied 8-10 hours a day and kept one day of the week to watch movies or follow sports. “But when Mains were around the corner — one-and-a-half or two months — I substantially increased my efforts and put in 13-14 hours daily.
I had to study because this was my first attempt and I had a lot of things to cover. And my optional was mathematics, so that also takes a substantial amount of time,” he said.
What is advice for IAS aspirant-: He said “People shouldn’t take unnecessary burden — like UPSC is the only thing in life. If they take an unnecessary burden, their performance also gets affected. I didn’t take too much pressure; that I have to clear an examination. I took it to step by step at each stage and was able to clear it. If people have clear minds, they will be able to concentrate better and perform more efficiently.”