Even before he topped the UPSC examination Friday, Jaipur’s Kanishak Katariya had an impressive record. The 26-year-old topped the IIT-JEE in the SC category in 2010 and graduated from IIT-Bombay in 2014, eventually going on to work for Samsung in South Korea.
After completing 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.
Explaining the jump from engineering to civil services, he said, “I had seen public service from close quarters and I wanted to experience private (work) life also before making such a big decision… I felt I can create an impact in India. When I compared my life in Bangalore with that in South Korea, I realised our country needs good quality of public governance and administration, so that all people are able to get all basic needs. I felt that if I can contribute in a very minuscule way, it will be much more satisfying than earning a lot of money.”