Interview with Mr. Manish Kumar, IAS Topper (5th Position) – 2005

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Manish Kumar has secured 5th Position among the successful candidates of the Civil  Services Examinations, 2004-05. For Mr. Manish Kumar, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, the decision to pursue career in Civil Services came while he was in job. Thereafter he strived and worked for the achievement of his goal. Despite appearing twice in the Interview earlier and not being recommended for selection he never lost his heart and remained focused towards his goal. He even spurned a New York offer only to pursue his goal and finally got selected with flying colors in 2004-05.

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Q. What is the secret of your success in the Civil Services Examination?

A. God’s will and prayers to Him.


Q. How much time do you think one requires for serious preparations for this examination?

A. Depending on the background of an individual, the time required for preparation can vary from less than 6 months to 12months.

Q. Which newspapers, magazines and journals have you been reading for the General Studies and other papers?

A. Newspapers : The Hindu, Times of India, Economic Times. Magazines : Competition Success Review, General Knowledge Today and CSR Year Book. Journals: Indian Economic Association Journal.


Q. Do you remember any remarkable incident of your life that motivated or prompted you to go for a career in the Civil Services?

A. Yes, After reading the Paulo Coelho ‘Alchemist’, I decided I would pursue destiny, whatever be the consequences.

Q. What promoted you to chose Civil Services as your career?

A. The diversity and the scope for tremendous contribution it offers in the nation building.

Q. How did your parents, family and friends contribute to your success?

A. They were the teams behind my success. Team A consisted of God and His influence. Team B consisted of my parents, my brothers, Deepak & Neeraj and my friend, Sachin S. Kadam.

Q. Had you not been selected in the Civil Services Examination, what would have been your reaction? Which other services/ career would you have gone in/opted for?

A. I would have gone back to the corporate career after completing my doctorate.

Q. How do you visualize your success?

A. Sweat… yet it reminds that it is easier to reach the top and it is even more difficult to remain there.

Q. What were your optional at the Civil Services Examination?

A. Prelims : Economics, Mains : Economics and Management.

Q. How many attempts had you made earlier before your got selected?

A. I got selected in my third attempt.

Q. What was your criterion for the selection of the optional subjects?

A. My background in Economics and Management and the interest I have in these subjects helped me to select these as Optional.

Q. What is your impression about the Interview Board?

A. The Boards are tough and challenging, yet they have a collective experience of 150 years in public life. So, a life long remembering experience for me. Though my Interview scores have been 126. 138, 144 (this attempt) in the last three attempts, which are less than optimum, still, I have great faith about my ability.

Q. What do you think is a better way of preparation between selective intensive study and wide extensive study?

A. Wide extensive study is better way of preparation so no surprise remains in the exam.

Q. Is this pattern of the examination appropriate for selection? Would you recommend any other improvement?

A. Yes the pattern is very fair. It serves well the people of all background.

Q. Do you feel that there should be no restriction on the number of attempts?

A. I am neutral on this issue because many deserving people miss the but just by the whisker especially for people like me whose childhood ambition was never Civil Services and they have never been prompted by parents to choose  this career.

Q. To what extent, you think Model Test Papers can be useful for the aspirant of Civil Services

A. The Model Papers enable aspirants to test their level of preparation and provides them with an opportunity to have a pre-view of the pattern of papers.

Q. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

Have faith in God, as your parents and teachers are God’s manifestations on earth.

Source : Competition Success Review

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