[Topper’s Interview] CAPF-2012/ AIR-278 Manoj Kumar Naik, Infosys Engineer, First trial, Karnataka

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  1. Bio
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. MCQ Paper
  5. Essay/Descriptive paper
  6. Physical Test
  7. Interview
  8. Marksheet
  9. Tempo
  10. Service Preference
  11. Career Backup
  12. Wisdom
  13. Credit: Friends/family
  14. Marketing Propaganda


Name Manoj Kumar Naik
Rank in CAPF-2012 278
Roll No. 050194
Age 26
No. of previous attempts in CAPF 1st attempt
Home town/city Pavagada(Karnataka)
Work-experience if any Worked as systems engineer with Infosys. Currently as Asst Manager with Indian overseas Bank
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures Wrote  2012 mains,Cleared IBPS
Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if taken) DB Kumars  IAS hyd  & R C Reddy Hyd
Hobbies, Extra Curricular Activities, Achievements Watching Movies, Playing cricket, Writing exam as a scribe for physically challenged persons
Do you have NCC certificate? no


% in class 10 86%
% in class 12 86%
Schooling (Medium) English
Graduation course and % 69%
Name of college and year of passing out Siddaganga Institute of Technology Tumkur Karnataka -2009
PG no


Q. Tell us something about yourself. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?

First I would like to thank my parents for giving every thing I wanted till today

I hail from a border town called pavagada , a backward region in Karnataka. Did my schooling there. And my BE(electronics & communication) from SIT Tumkur.Though I was well settled in my life as I was working with INFOSYS, My uncle Dr srinivas naik wanted me to become civil servant. In 2009 aug one more person motivated me to go for it(who is too personnel to share here J )which motivated me to go for civil services. Then I did research about the job profile of civil services. I felt civil services is more diverse and it gives loads of opportunity to give back to society. Then in 2011 I left my job to prepare to civils.

MCQ Paper

Q. List of Essential books and tips for success in the CAPF written exam?

Paper 1

Polity- Laxmikanth

History – NCERT(old) spectrum)

Geography- NCERT 9th to 12th , GOH CHENG LEONG

Economy –NCERT Macro economy  , Sri Ram’s Printed Notes, Mrunals Blog, Internet

Current Affairs – Hindu newspaper, Internet(. I dint follow any monthly.)

Aptitude –R.S Agarwal

General Science- No books needed. Only common sense


I dint follow any books. My regular following of current affairs helped in essay very much. Regarding Grammar and précis also no preparation from my side.

Essay/Descriptive paper

Q. How did you prepare the Essay, grammar, précis and report writing?

As I told earlier, I dint do specific preparation for easy. One should be ready to write a sensible easy in the exam regarding any topic. Reading Magazine (comes with THE HINDU on every Sunday) and open ed page of hindu and Indian express helped me. Essay should be in simple language . Don’t use flowery and high sounding words!!! One should spent time for brainstorming to prepare a blueprint before starting essay. Try to connect link between paragraphs.

Q. In CAPF-2012 Exam, following essays were asked. Which essay did you write in and what keypoints did you include in it?

I wrote Emergence of regional parties and its effect on the federal structure of India. I was able to generate many points with this topic. Gave example of Trinmool Congress,DMK,etc. (West Bengal CM Cancelling bangla trip at the last min to embarrass PM was one among many  eg i quoted)

Explained pros and cons of regional party. How it paid way to Coalition politics etc.

Q. In CAPF-2012, they asked counter-arguments for following, in 75 words. Please provide your answer.

argument your counter argument
(i)  Control of social media is an anti-democratic proposition. I gave examples of yellow journalism(paid news)

Unethical practices by media(Katju Articles helped me a lot in writing counter argument as he was writing extensively about regulation of media)Radia tapes controversy, how media tries to rise its TRP etc

Physical Test

Q. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home? Where was your PET held? How was your experience, share some tips.

I was scared about PET a lot as I was overweight and I could not run 100 mts with in time frame. But as they say practice makes man perfect! I practiced for some 20 days and somehow cleared PET and it helped me to reduce weight also. I had to shed 7 kgs !


Q. What specific preparation did you do for the interview? Who was the chairman? Provide the list of questions asked in CAPF Interview. (and if possible, the answers as well). How was the overall interview experience? And any tips for future aspirants.

My Interview was with Alka Madam board. I was the first candidate in the afternoon session of last day!. Board was very friendly though they asked some tricky question. These are the following questions

1 . Why did you leave Infosys

2. Why you wanted to become AC

3. As I mentioned in my DAF form that my hobby is helping physically challenged persons by writing their exam they asked me wat motivated me to become scribe.

4. Why farmers committing suicides in spite  of govt’s many efforts and solutions to prevent.

5. As Union Govt announced the formation of Telangana, many questions were asked about feasibility of small states with respect to India

6 Do you agree india is a diverse country. Elaborate

7. What is the difference between Integration and Assembling with respect to Indian Society

8 what qualities did you like in the personality of Narayana Murthy

9. Expand ISI,RAW,IB. Their roles.

10. Book written by Narayana Murthy?

11. If you are struck in a flood hit area how will you communicate to authorities.

12 Role of social network in the society

13. Explain the kind of role performed by you with Infy?

14 how to make police sensible to comman man?

15. Green house gases and climate change. There effect on monsoon

Q. How was interview: normal, stress, mixed? Did they ask any uncomfortable questions, if yes how did you answer it?

My Interview was normal. They motivated me to give best answers. As every member of the board was asking questions with a smile  I dint feel any stress , and I too answered with a smile.
Just be honest with the board. There is no wrong in telling “sorry sir/madam, I don’t know”


Paper 1 100
Paper 2 83
Interview 90
total 273


Q. How did you maintain the study-mood, motivation and tempo throughout this period?

If you have best answer for the question” WHY I WANTED TO BECOME CIVIL SERVENT” you will never give up your preparation . Though many obstacle comes in the way of preparation one should not get dishearten from them. Always remember “ SUN WILL BE BRIGHTER ONCE THE CLOUDS PASSES”.

If you are bored or depressed go to a movie or do something which rejuvenates you. Once you are fresh go back to studies. I use to study 6-7 hours .

Q. Did you appear in Civil Service (Mains) 2012? If yes, share the experience, marks, what Essay did you write?

Yes I did appear for 2012 mains. Civil mains is altogether different ball game. It’s more stressful exam compared to CAPF(AC). I wrote PPP model essay

Service Preference

Q. What was your service preference order (CRPF>CISF>SSB etc) and why did you pick up the particular order?


I wanted time to prepare for civil services. I discussed with my seniors they suggested me the above order.

Career Backup

Q. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?

I am already working as ASST MANAGER WITH Indian overseas Bank


Q. Through this journey and success, what wisdom did you gain about competition and life? What is your message to the aspirants?

If you preparing for UPSC exams means you are going to have patience in your personality. I got the same in this journey. And you are going to become a well informed man in the society.

Credit: Friends/family

I would like to thank god for giving me best parents. My Dad Dhansingh Naik , mom Subhadra gave me everything I needed. My sister and brother in law helped me financially. My uncle SRINIVAS NAIk gave me moral support throughout my journey. Joseph sir helped me to build a good personality since my school days. My seniors in Hyd(Gang sir, Raghu Bro,Hari Sir,RP sir,Rajendra sir),MY friends(Hari,Giri,Avi,Arjun) and last but not least, One person who stood by me in my every failure, and motivated me to bounce back.

Marketing Propaganda

Q. Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation and if yes, how did it help you?  And you can even reply “No”. I’ll publish your answer as it is.

I am following it since 2012. Mrunal’s blog made me to understand many complex topics in a simpler way. I am still following it as I still need to travel to achieve my dream. I feel it as a compass in the sea.

Indian History Freedom Struggle Pratik Nayak

12 Comments on “[Topper’s Interview] CAPF-2012/ AIR-278 Manoj Kumar Naik, Infosys Engineer, First trial, Karnataka”

  1. why there’s no interview or experience from any girl yar..its guys all d way..is ths posting really so difficult fr girls or they fail to make up to d merit list

    1. as per R.T.I, only 10 female candidates made it to the final list of CAPF(AC)2012.

      1. thanks fr d information mrunal

      2. mrunal sir allocation list kab publish hogi yeh bhi pata karke bata dijiye aur kahan pe hogi means upsc pe ya crpf pe….plz…

  2. What did u reply for-why u left infosys?

  3. Mrunal Sir, can you please get the entire interview transcript posted here. Esp. the first question on why he left the job at infy?

  4. I am really eager to know what he replied to the question in his interview regarding his action if he got stuck in the flood, how does he inform the authorities if the mobile phone and land-lines are out of service??

  5. Sir,

    I am working in BHEL( PSU ). Will I get age relaxation for CAPF(AC) Exam?

  6. :) i too wrked with infosys as Senior Systems Engg and now with IOB..and with hope of clearing CPF-13… :) :)

    Mrunal ur blog is also a social networking site..
    @Mrunal : u can add this point for ur Bogus Marketing Propaganda :)

    1. I too left Infosys chandigarh.

  7. i selected in cds interview so please show some cds interviewers.

  8. Can we give answers in Hindi in capf interview? Please suggest …..

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