What do these UPSC toppers Kanishak Kataria from Jaipur who ranked 1, Shreyans Kumat from Rajasthan who ranked 4, Srushti Jayant Deshmukh from Bhopal who ranked 5, Varneet Negi from Bilaspur who ranked 13, have in common, apart from of course being toppers? They ‘gave up’ this distraction, and no it wasn’t a love life.
These UPSC toppers have made it clear that it is not a girl friend or a boyfriend that gets in the way of your goals to top the UPSC exams. By simply pulling the plug on some social media these toppers managed to show us that you can have a life and still come up on top in a seriously competitive field. They unplugged from Facebook, smart phones and Instagam according to this report on the Indian Expresss.
"I considered it a waste of my time. I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts. I am on Instagram, but checked it only rarely, and then too, I only connected with a few people close to me." - Kanishak Kataria, the all-India topper from Jaipur to the Indian ExpressEngineers ‘R’ Us
Accroding to this report in the Indian Expresss here’s another thing they shared. 27/50 of them were engineers, five of whom have graduated from IIT Mumbai with others having graduated from BITS Pilani and NIT Surathkal . Interestingly many hold degrees from international universities. Sreelakshmi R, who ranked 29 graduated from the London School of Economics and Saloni Khemka from Bihar (Rank 27) studied Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College in the US to name a few.
Jumping Off The Corporate Ladder
Another interesting fact is that many of the top rankers also chose to study for the civil service examinations after giving up corporate jobs. Kanishak Kataria for instance used to work with South Korean giant Samsung, Shreyans Kumat worked with business consulting firm Ernst and Young, Pujya Priyadarshini worked with consulting firm Pricewater Coopers while Tanmay Vashistha Sharma was with financial services firm Goldman Sachs.
With inputs from The Indian Express
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