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Kanishak Kataria, BTech From IIT Bombay, Tops UPSC Exam: Who’s He?

Kataria, who belongs to the SC category, qualified the examination with mathematics as his optional subject.

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Kanishak Kataria, a BTech from IIT Bombay, has topped the civil services final examination 2018, results of which were announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Friday, 5 April.

Kataria, who belongs to the SC category, qualified the examination with mathematics as his optional subject. He has a BTech (Computer Science and Engineering) degree, and has reportedly been working as a data scientist.

“It’s a very surprising moment. I never expected to get the first rank. I thank my parents, sister and my girlfriend for the help and moral support. People will expect me to be a good administrator and that’s exactly my intention.”
Kanishak Kataria, UPSC topper, to ANI

Kataria hails from Rajasthan. Among those who congratulated him on his feat was Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who tweeted:

In a statement, the UPSC said a total of 759 candidates (577 men and 182 women) have been recommended by the commission for appointment to various services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc.

The top 25 candidates comprise 15 men and 10 women. The recommended candidates also include 36 persons with benchmark disability (11 orthopedically handicapped; 12 visually challenged, 11 hearing impaired and two multiple disability).

Appointment to the various services will be made according to the number of vacancies available with due consideration to the provisions contained in the rules for the examination, the UPSC said.

The number of vacancies reported by the government to be filled is as under: IAS - 180 (including reserved category), IFS - 30, IPS - 150, Central Services Group 'A' - 384, Group 'B' services - 68.

(With inputs from PTI, IANS and ANI.)

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