UPSC Success Stories: Conquering the UPSC Civil Services examination is undeniably a formidable challenge. Each year, millions of candidates vie for a coveted spot in the UPSC CSE, yet merely around 1,000 aspirants succeed in cracking this prestigious exam to join the ranks of IAS, IPS, IFS, and other civil servants. Among these achievers is IAS Manuj Jindal, who emerged victorious in the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) examination, securing an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 53. Now, let’s delve into the journey and accomplishments of IAS Manuj Jindal.
Manuj Jindal is an IAS officer of the 2017 batch, serving in the Maharashtra Cadre. Presently, he holds the position of CEO at Zila Parishad in Thane. Prior to his career in the civil services, Manuj Jindal was an esteemed ex-NDA cadet, achieving an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 18 in the UPSC NDA examination. Originally hailing from Ghaziabad, he pursued his education at a school in Dehradun after completing his early studies. It is noteworthy that Manuj Jindal’s dedication and hard work led him to crack the NDA examination at the young age of 18.
Initially, he showcased remarkable performance in the first term of his training. Unfortunately, he encountered a challenging phase of anxiety and depression in the subsequent term. As his condition continued to deteriorate, the academy made the difficult decision to disqualify him from the course.
Subsequently, he made the choice to pursue his studies abroad and successfully obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Following his graduation, he secured a lucrative position at Barclays, where he worked for three years, enjoying a commendable salary package. However, driven by the desire to be closer to his younger brother, who was preparing for the UPSC examination in India, Manuj made the life-changing decision to return. Inspired by his brother’s journey, Manuj embarked on his own UPSC preparation and appeared for the exam in 2014. While he triumphed in the preliminary and mains stages, his name did not make it to the final list of successful candidates.
However, it was in his second attempt that he successfully cleared the exam, albeit landing a spot on the reserve list of the final results. Undeterred, Manuj persisted and made his third attempt in 2017, ultimately emerging triumphant by cracking the exam and securing an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 53. Demonstrating his expertise, he authored a book titled ‘Acing the Art of Answer Writing’, which focuses on UPSC answer writing techniques. Furthermore, IAS Manuj runs a YouTube channel where he imparts valuable guidance and instructs students on UPSC preparation.