The Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) Civil Services Exam (CSE) has some interesting statistics. Not only does it have the lowest success rates, only one among 10 candidates can hope to crack this tough examination. And at the age of 22, Priyank Kishore, AIR 274, is one of those who managed to clear the CSE in his first attempt in 2018 and without coaching!
In this article, UPSC topper, Priyank talks of his strategy, the mistakes he made and the solutions that worked for him. Priyank, who holds a B.Com honors from Ramjas College, went on to pursue a post-graduate degree from Delhi School of Economics (DSE) where its world-class library facility helped him prepare better.
When asked what inspired him to take up CSE, he answers, “I drew inspiration from my father who is Deputy Superintendent Police, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. I would say the seeds were sown by him.”
Talking about the mistakes he made during the preparation time, Priyank informs, “One of the mistakes I made was in essay preparation, or rather the lack of preparation. While I did attempt essays before the examination, I did not join any test series for it specifically.” Priyank mentions that he often turned to friends and peers to evaluate and give feedback on the essays he worked on. He feels that getting professional advice on his essays would have helped a lot.