UPSC CSE 2018 – Top 10 Toppers

Top 10 Toppers of UPSC Civil Services Examination 2018 – The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the results of Civil Services Examination (CSE) final stage. Kanishak Kataria, an IIT- Bombay boy topped the list whereas Srushti Jayant Deshmukh secured the top position among all the women aspirants. Total of 759 candidates is recommended for appointment to IAS, IPS, etc.

Civil Services Exam Toppers

Kanishak Kataria:

kanishak kataria

He is the topper of the CSE conducted by UPSC. He is graduated from IIT Bombay in computer science and engineering. At present, he is a Data Scientist at QPLUM, Bengaluru. His father, Sanwar Mal Verma, is also an IAS officer. Moreover, in the year 2010, he had topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced in the Schedule Cast (SC) category and did Computer Science Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay afterward.

He had joined coaching for JEE at Kota, Rajasthan since class 9th and has also interned with Microsoft India. By choosing Mathematics as his optional subject, he has proved that Maths is also a cake walk if someone is dedicated enough.

Akshat Jain:

Akshat Jain

He has got rank 2nd in the civil services exam conducted by UPSC. He did his graduation from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati. His father name is Mr. D C  Jain and he is Joint Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), New Delhi. His mother, Mrs. Simmi Jian, is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer.

Akshat has also worked in R&D institute of Samsung in Bangalore. His parents have always been the inspiration and due to which he had started preparing for IAS from the very young age.

Junaid Ahmed:

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He secured 3rd position in CSE. After his initial schooling from St Mary’s School in Bijnor district Nagina town in Uttar Pradesh, he completed his graduation from Sharda University. Afterward, he started preparing for the UPSC exam. He said, “I belong to a middle-class background – every parent in India wants their child to become an IAS officer, my parents were no different. I was not so keen, but with time I realized that I can do it and then prepared myself for it.” His father is a lawyer and his mother is a homemaker and he is really an inspiration to many aspirants who want to do something for the nation.

Shreyans Kumat:

Shreyans Kumat

Although he cracked this prestigious examination in his very first attempt, he bagged 4th rank in the exam. He hails from Kishangarh near Ajmer, Rajasthan. He did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.

He has also worked with Ernst and Young, which is one of the largest professional services firms in the world. According to him, the strategy was to make sure that all the topics are covered in a way that he could be able to reproduce during the exam in a concise way.

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh:

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

Srushti scored 5th rank the final exam of UPSC and is the topper among women candidates appeared in the examination. She is an M.Phil in chemical engineering and going to be the first civil servant in her family. Her father is an engineer and her mother is a preschool teacher. In an interview, Srushti said, “UPSC exam is a long journey where you are committed for 1-1.5 years.”

It was her first attempt and she decided that it would be the only attempt and she nailed it with her consistency and determination.

Shubham Gupta:

Shubham Gupta

There are five candidates from Rajasthan, who have tasted success and that too winning the toppers rank in the UPSC exam.

Shubham Gupta is one shining star among them who scored 6th rank in the civil services examination conducted by UPSC. His father is a businessman and it was his father’s dream to see him as an IAS officer one day. Shubham is already an official at Indian Audit and Accounts Services (IA&IS). This was his fourth attempt and he cracked the examination with great marks.

He said that the thought of serving the nation and its people has always influenced him towards civil services examination.

Regarding preparation, he said, ‘’It doesn’t matter how many hours you study. The important point is what you study. So, be focused, divide your syllabus wisely, make a timetable and try to complete a part of the syllabus as par plan. Finally, revise whatever you have already completed.”

Karnati Varun Reddy:

Karnati Varun Reddy

He secured All India Rank 7 in the civil services examination. After four attempts he finally nailed it and proved it that you can achieve any milestone with your persistence and will power.

He used to study around 10 to 12 hours a day. He said, “Civil is an exam for which you prepare the whole year and the day of result decides whether the efforts were fruitful or not.”

Currently, he is in Indian Revenue Services (IRS) and his father is an ophthalmologist whereas his mother is an assistant director with the Agriculture Department.

Vaishali Singh:

Vaishali Singh

Twenty-six-year-old Vaishali Singh bagged 8th rank in the civil services examination organized by UPSC. She is an alumna of DPS and did 5-year integrated BA-LLB course from National Law University, New Delhi. She cracked the civil services examination in her second attempt. She said, “I could not clear the prelims in my first attempt as I did not prepare very well, but I was sure to clear it in my second attempt.”

Apart from her father, she thanked her mother Suman Singh, who is also a lawyer, and RK Gupta, a joint secretary in the Central Government.

Gunjan Dwivedi:

Gunjan Dwivedi

This young girl secured 9th rank in the civil services examination which is conducted by UPSC. She was in shock when a friend of hers broke the news that she bagged 9th rank in UPSC examinations.  She is from Loreto Convent who did her graduation in Political Science Honors from Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College. She said, “My father is a retired IPS officer and my sister is a commercial tax officer. So, they both were my role models since childhood and somehow influenced her towards becoming a civil servant.” She spent a lot of time watching interviews of previous year toppers to keep her motivated.

Tanmay Vashistha Sharma:

Tanmay Vashistha Sharma

He attained 10th rank in the esteem civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), whose results were announced on Friday. Tanmay studied Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay and currently is in Indian Police Service. However, 4 months are not considered enough to comfortably finish the syllabus but this boy proved everyone wrong.

More about UPSC CSE 2018

UPSC CSE exam comprises of two stages:

  • CSE (Prelims) : Objective type for the screening of candidates for the mains examination
  • CSE (Mains): Written test followed by an interview for final selection of candidates for various posts.

The main exam was held on September 28, 2018, which was followed by interviews. The interviews and personality test was commenced from February 4 onwards.  

See: UPSC Exams