Meet UPSC 2018 AIR 4 Shreyas Kumat

“The strategy was to ensure that all the topics are covered in a way that I am able to reproduce during the exam in a concise way.”

Shreyas Kumat – CSE 2018 AIR 4

Shreyas is a resident of Ajmer, in Rajasthan. He completed his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT–B), in 2015. This was Shreyas’s first attempt at the civil service examination, and he scored AIR-4.


Shreyas did most of his schooling in Kishangarh and studied Class-10 at Ajmer’s Mayoor School. He pursued his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B).

Before attempting Civil services exam he has worked with Ernst & Young (EY) for about two years.

Preparation Journey

Shreyans started looking for the details of the Civil Services Examination during the second year of his job at EY.

“I had a few online as well as offline coaching programs from institutes for some time; thereafter I did self-study,”- Shreyas.

Shreyans believe both the online coaching and the offline helped. He feels it is a mix of both that is makes up a good preparation material. He also mentioned that the offline classes helped him to build the basic on which he used as a platform to cover other parts of the syllabus for which internet helped.

The toppers main agenda for preparation was to make sure that he could reproduce what he studies in a concise manner. Shreyans gave more important to the topics he studies rather than hours of preparation. He used to study for 6-10 hours per day, ensuring he completes the topics he has panned to complete for the day.

Shreyans cracked the Civil Services Examination in his very first attempt. He had chosen Anthropology as his optional subject for the Mains exam.

Shreyas Kumat Facts

UPSC Rank: AIR 4, CSE 2018

Attempt: First

Optional Subject: Anthropology

Education: Mechanical Engineering (IIT – Bombay)

Work Experience: Ernst & Young (EY) – 2 years

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