UPSC CSE 2019 Rank 7 Ganesh Kumar BaskarUPSC CSE 2019 Rank 7 Ganesh Kumar Baskar

Success stories of UPSC CSE 2019 exam are flowing tremendously. UPSC CSE 2019 Rank 7 Ganesh Kumar Baskar, yet another candidate has proven that though IAS exams are tough but can achieved with maximum effort put in.

UPSC CSE 2019 Rank 7 Ganesh Kumar Baskar

Ganesh Kumar Baskar hails from Nagamalai Pudukottai in Madurai district, Tamil Nadu. He has completed his schooling and higher education from various places in India as her father used to get transfer now and then. His father, S P Baskar, 57, worked under central government in cabinet secretariat. At present his father is the deputy commissioner in the department of Nagercoil.

Ganesh Kumar Baskar’s education

Ganesh Kumar Baskar completed his education from Kendriya Vidyalaya Gurugram and Madurai. Due to the frequent transfer of his father, he had studied in various states and met a lot of people. He graduated as an engineer from IIT-Kanpur in 2015 and completed his masters in MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad in 2017. Thereafter he worked with a cloud data management company in Bengaluru as a product manager.

Though working in the company for 2 years, he could never get sight of his dream to become an (Indian Foreign Service) IFS officer. This thought instilled his mind often. After 2 years of his job as a product manager, he resigned from it to start preparing for UPSC exam. He gave his first attempt in 2018. Unfortunately he couldn’t clear his prelims, he said that he did not prepare well for the exam.

Methods and Strategies used by UPSC CSE 2019 Rank 7 Ganesh Kumar Baskar

  1. He says to be confident in what you are doing. From small to big things, if you acquire the essence of confidence, everything will become possible.
  2. During the times when he had doubt about if coaching is a must, he took guidance from 2 of his seniors from college who are presently serving as IAS officers. They told him not to go fro coaching as that time can be used in for studying. Coaching is often time consuming. He prepared for UPSC CSE exam at his home in Nagercoil. Preapring for past 2 years, he gave his 1st attempt in 2018 wherein he failed. He didn’t lose confidence and studied hard the second time.
  3. His knowledge in current affairs was very huge. He says that he never used to miss reading newspaper. Domestic and international related articles were the ones he focused upon. Though he had joined some online classes, he left in between as it took a great amount of time to explain the concepts with which he was familiar.
  4. Mathematics was his optional subject and took several mock tests conducted by coaching centres in Delhi and Chennai. He had bought 16 books which he practiced and revised regularly. The books included his optional subject as well as general studies.
  5. Before the exam he practiced for 8 hours a day. 1 month before the prelims, he started to study 10-12 hours a day. Though this phase was very stressful and tiresome,he did not give up and he now passed with flying colors.


  1. Know the syllabus of UPSC exam. Strategic planning and working will help you a lot.
  2. Understand the process of examination and what it actually demands from you. Knowing the 3 steps or phases of the exam is very important. IAS prelims, IAS mains, Interview are the 3 stages that one has to pass through.
  3. IAS prelims is where one has to focus more and in depth as it is the stepping stone to success. Next would be IAS mains where writing answers plays its part. As practice makes a man perfect, so does practicing writing will. Essay writings are mandatory so it is important for one to read and get as many contents needed.
  4. He do not recommend anyone from going to coaching. First of all get a basic understanding of how exams are conducted, what are the core areas to be focused more upon, etc.,. Then collect every material required (not many). Start preparing yourself first and then proceed for exam preparation. Remember, for the ones whose background in education seems to different, can choose coaching as per your wish.

“I set my eyes on representing our country abroad as an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS), and I look forwarded to it,” the UPSC CSE 2019 Rank 7 Ganesh Kumar Baskar said.

Best wishes to more flying colors.

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