Hailing from Rajasthani city of Ajmer’s Kishangarh, Shreyans Kumat always desired to become an engineer, however, his grandpa was always enthusiastic and urged him to become an IAS officer.
One of the most challenging competitive tests in the nation is the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). In order to be considered for an administrative position in the Indian government, thousands of candidates spend years studying before taking the exam.
However, only few of them are successful in passing the test. The CSE syllabus is fairly broad and diverse, therefore preparing takes a lot of time. Typically, it is thought that those who have excelled academically from the start will score better on the CSE. Let’s look at one such candidate’s success story, Shreyans Kumat, who quit his well-paying job to apply for the UPSC and passed it on his first try.
Who is IAS Shreyans Kumat?
Hailing from Rajasthani city of Ajmer’s Kishangarh, Shreyans Kumat always desired to become an engineer, however, his grandpa was always enthusiastic and urged him to become an IAS officer. He finished his studies at school till the 10th grade, then enrolled in science in the 11th grade and spent two years in Kota studying for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
After spending two years there, he passed the JEE exam and was accepted to the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay to pursue a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained employment at the well-known consulting company Ernst & Young (EY) after finishing his engineering degree.
After working for around two years, Kumat realised he wanted to do something for the society. That realisation led him to decide to leave his position and start preparations for the UPSC CSE. In order to study for the test, he even enrolled in offline lessons.
Shreyans felt that both his offline tutoring and online coursework were beneficial. He previously said that offline teaching had helped him grasp the fundamentals before the internet came in handy for the revision. According to media reports, he used to study for around 10 hours a day and did extensive research on the exam format. He then took the CSE, passing with an AIR 4 on his first attempt.