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Vinay Kumar G.B.

Founder & Director, InsightsIAS

Vinay Kumar G B did his schooling from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Chitradurga. After completing graduation in genetics, he decided to become an IAS Officer. While working as a Panchayat Development Officer in Mysore, he had a strong urge to impart the knowledge he had gained over the years. He resigned from his job and started his online initiative to provide the right guidance to IAS aspirants.  Today, this online initiative – www.insightsonindia.com is India’s leading website for UPSC IAS preparation. Immensely popular and most sought after – Daily Answer Writing Practice (Secure Initiative), Core Batch (fetched Rank 1-2016) and Mentorship initiatives were pioneered by him at a time when coaching institutes had become stagnant and had nothing new to offer to its students.
His expertise lies in giving right and honest guidance to aspirants who have faith in him. This guidance is personalised based on individual strengths and weaknesses of aspirants. His ability to mentor students without complicating the process is what differentiates him from the myriad of options available to an aspirant today. Approachability, sensitivity towards student’s needs, humility and passionate hard-work are some of his admirable qualities. Apart from guiding aspirants with respect to overall strategy, he has established himself as an expert when it comes to helping students increase their marks in General Studies papers, Essays and Personality test. In fact, he had one of the highest scores in the Personality test. His exceptional command over GS 4, unique approach and strategy towards Ethics paper has helped students elevate their scores to 135+. His insights into Essay writing in the form of ‘Essay perspectives’ have been enlightening for thousands of students and is worth mentioning.
InsightsIAS under the leadership of Vinay Kumar GB is first in the country to have a full-time psychotherapist and certified Success & Mindset coach to ensure impeccable mental health of all its students which is the need of the hour.
Today, more than five thousand students are being guided by InsightsIAS under the mentorship of VINAY KUMAR G B in Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad.
Apart from Offline students, Vinay G B mentors and motivates lakhs of students online through his regular articles, videos, webinars and InstaClasses on our immensely popular website, telegram and YouTube channels.

Faculty, InsightsIAS

Subject : Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

Specializing in Governance and Management, Prof. K M Pathi has spent more than two decades in teaching and training Officers of Higher Civil Services (IAS, IPS) both Indian & Foreign. Further, he has addressed and conducted Behavioural Competencies & Performance workshops for Senior Management of Corporate & Public Sector Undertakings such as Air India & Coal India Ltd.

He is also actively involved in the preparation of Training Modules and Curriculum for various Institutions and Universities. With more than 34 publications, he also acts as a Consultant to Government Departments in institutional projects of public importance. Over the years, he has delivered keynote addresses & lectures at prominent institutions such as:

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad
  • Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Parliament of India, New Delhi
  • Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education, University of Delhi
  • National Centre for Good Governance, New Delhi

Faculty, InsightsIAS

Subject : Science & Technology

Dr. Ravi P. Agrahari, a Ph.D. from IIT Delhi, is a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship from CSIR, Government of India. He worked as a research scientist in IIT, Delhi from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Agrahari is presently working as an independent consultant in the fields of environment, renewable and sustainable energy and biogas issues at the Bag Energy Research Society, Varanasi. He is an expert in the field of energy and has published various papers in many reputed international journals. He has attended many international conferences in Sweden and France. Dr. Agrahari is well known for his expertise in “Environment Science” and “Science and Technology” and has authored several books on the same for UPSC examinations. His published book on Science & Technology and Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, Climate Change & Disaster Management on Mc Graw Hill Publication is highly demanding, selling and popular book in UPSC segment.

As a teacher of UPSC aspirants for over 19 years, Dr. Agrahari has been associated with over 50 reputed coaching institutes in more than 15 states on India. He is also associated with various NGOs and Civil Societies for the welfare of weaker section and minority students.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects: Geography Faculty for CSE

Geology Optional

Sudeep, a computer science engineer from NMIT, Bangalore has worked in the IT sector for three years before he shifted to the UPSC CSE field. Possessing a wide experience of 5 Mains and 2 interviews in UPSC as well as State PSC, Sudeep has been associated with InsightsIAS as a student under the guidance of Vinay Sir for more than 5 years. Over the course of his time at Insights, he has ingrained the strategy and values that InsightsIAS imparts, enabling students to gain a competitive edge and ensure score-maximisation.

Faculty for Geography at InsightsIAS, his invaluable experience of more than 4 years in professional teaching has been an indispensable part of many success stories.

Geography being a vast and technical subject needs expertise and Sudeep is popular for his conceptual clarity, energetic classes and lucid explanations. Having had mentored 1000+ students – his approachability, ability to make concepts easy & simple and willingness to help has been his USP among aspirants.

His commitment to students itself is an inspiration to his students.

Faculty, Mentor & Prelims Expert

Expertise Subject: Kannada Literature

Adithya, an integral part of InsightsIAS team of faculty and mentors possesses more than 5 years of professional teaching experience. He has mentored 1000+ students with special focus on Prelims strategy and approach. Carrying a wealth of experience in the UPSC CSE field, Adithya has qualified 8 UPSC Civil Service Mains, 1 Civil Service Interview, SBI PO exam in 2016 and SSC Exam in 2014.

Adithya possesses the distinguishing feature of qualifying the Prelims stage of UPSC CSE with more than the IFS cut off in all his attempts. His Scores in Prelims ranged from 130 to 150 in GS Paper I for six consecutive times – this stands testimony to his competence and wisdom gained through the years.

Adithya’s motto is derived from InsightsIAS and he seeks to simplify the exam preparation for his students and become a proud enabler in their journey of emerging victorious in the UPSC CSE exam.

Faculty, Mentor & Prelims Expert

Subject: Agriculture

Expertise Subject: Kannada Literature

Thanmay, faculty for Agriculture at InsightsIAS holds to his credit more than 3 years of professional teaching experience.

He specializes in providing fool-proof guidance for Prelims specific strategy. Having consistently scored 130+ in UPSC Civil Service Prelims, Thanmay is considered most reliable and trustworthy when it comes to providing tips and tricks for clearing the first and probably the most difficult stage of UPSC CSE exam – Prelims!

Thanmay’s passion for his subject and dedication towards qualitative and effective teaching are distinguished by his unfaltering commitment towards the achievement of his students.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects: Ancient & Medieval India

Farees Rahman is the faculty for Ancient and Medieval Indian History. He comes with 5 years of teaching experience and unbound passion for it. In the classroom, the emphasis is on connecting with students to keep them engaged and engrossed in the subject to ensure proper transfer of knowledge. He is also a quiz master and a keenly enthusiastic compere. As a mentor at InsightsIAS, he strives for overall personality development of the students along with their academic skills in order to enable them to become the best version of themselves for civil service examination as well as the test of life.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects: Ethics, Economic Survey

Himanshu Shukla, born and brought up in Lucknow holds a B.Tech (Computer Science) degree. Having been associated with INSIGHTS IAS ever since its inception, Himanshu has developed rich and invaluable experience in the UPSC CSE field.

Faculty of ETHICS and Economic Survey at InsightsIAS, Himanshu is brimming with knowledge and energy, ready to be imparted to students.

His approachability, sensitivity towards students, personalised mentorship is what sets him apart. In this ocean of knowledge, it is critical to read only what is relevant for the UPSC CSE exam and that which can be replicated in the exam after multiple revisions. Hence, his classes stress mainly upon relevance and replication approach.

His journey of UPSC CSE lasting more than 6 years has ingrained a sense of discipline and the importance of walking that extra mile to be different from the rest and emerge a winner. Always high on motivation, he pushes every student out of his/her comfort zone and enables them to excel and come out of this journey with flying colours.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects : Modern History & World History

  Kannada Literature Optional 

Pradeep, Faculty for Modern History, World History  and Kannada Literature Optional at InsightsIAS, possesses a professional teaching experience of more than 5 years. He has appeared in the UPSC Civil Services Mains examination 6 times and Qualified for Personality Test (Interview) twice.

He was among the top scorers in Kannada Literature & Essay writing in 2014 & 2015 UPSC Main examination. Also, has to his credit, qualification for Multiple CAPF (AC) & State PSC interviews.

His subject specialisation lies in Kannada Literature, Essay, History and Polity. What makes Pradeep unique and par excellence are his methods of teaching that include conveying the very essence of the subject through Mindmaps & flowcharts to ensure holistic understanding, remembrance & enable lateral thinking among the students.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects: Indian Polity and Governance

Public Administration Optional

Manjunath M, faculty for Indian Polity, Governance and Public Administration at InsightsIAS holds to his credit a professional teaching experience of more than 4 years. He has appeared in the UPSC Civil Services Mains examination 5 times , IFS Mains once and Qualified for Personality Test (Interview) once.

With a vast reservoir of knowledge and experience, Manjunath has developed an impeccable command over his subject. His near perfect understanding of the challenges and requisites the UPSC CSE exam poses make him a favourite among his students.

Thousands of students he has taught and mentored over the years stand testimony to his commitment and dedication towards teaching. His excellent communication skills, willingness to help students with meaningful feedback and giving a proper structure to their strategy enable students to get better and event

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subject : International Relations

Shashank K.N, is the faculty for International Relations at InsightsIAS. A software engineer by profession, his compassionate zeal to uplift the downtrodden in the society drove him to pursue Civil Services Exam. His keen interest in political activities across globe made him choose Political science and international relations. With a stronghold in PSIR, he has appeared in the UPSC CSE personality test twice. He has a teaching experience of around 3 years. An affable mentor who always has a cogent and practical solution for any problems or hurdles a student faces. A fitness enthusiast and his passion for various sports is evident through his laurels of being a national level badminton player.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects: Economy, Current Affairs

Public Administration Optional

Sailesh Bhupalam, BE (computer Science) graduate and currently pursuing MA in Public administration has initially worked as a software engineer for 2 years before he decided to make the transition to UPSC CSE.

His exceptionally vast experience of 9 years with the UPSC CSE exam comprises qualification to 5 Mains and more than 4 years of professional teaching experience across cities in Karnataka. He is popular for successfully tackling any kind of Prelims papers and has to his credit a very high score in 3 out of 5 Mains.

With excellent command over Public Administration, Sailesh has taught and mentored many toppers with the same optional subject.

Being students’ favourite and called a walking encyclopaedia, his knowledge and control over current affairs and special interest in Economy is highly appreciated.

Along with his penchant to learn and passion to teach, his strong understanding of the Indian Civil Service owing to his decade of tryst with UPSC CSE in general and Public Administration in particular make him truly stand out.

When he is not teaching, you can find him volunteering in citizen initiatives, taking MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), watching movies and trying out new food!

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subjects: Environment & Ecology, Disaster Management, Internal Security

Geography Optional

Ashish Ghadge, a Punekar by birth, has been associated with InsightsIAS for more than 3 years now. Having appeared twice for UPSC CSE interviews, he was even selected as an Assistant Commandant in the Central Armed Police Forces, also recruited by UPSC. With a core competence of more than 5 years in teaching, he handles the topics of Geography, Environment and Internal Security at InsightsIAS. The repertoire of knowledge and experience gained through his years of preparation and teaching has been immensely helpful in mentoring the students to make their preparations sail smooth. His calm and composed nature with a charming smile makes him highly approachable to the students. Ashish is a passionate sportsman with the belief in mantra of “Be fit, be happy”.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subject: Internal Security

Ajay, born in Haryana and brought up in Delhi is a B. tech (Mechanical Engineering) graduate.

Faculty for Internal security at InsightsIAS, Ajay’s journey in the UPSC comprises of qualification to 4 Mains and 2 Interviews. With this rich experience, Ajay has mentored countless students and paved way for their success by playing a crucial role of a facilitator.

His area of specialty includes Essay guidance and Prelims qualifying techniques. His effortless communication skills, evaluation and personalised feedback to students, practical advice to maintain physical and emotional well-being and persistent attempts to push students beyond their limits make him an exemplary mentor and teacher.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subject: Disaster Management

Abdul Ateeq, faculty for Internal Security at InsightsIAS has accumulated a wealth of experience by qualifying for a number of Mains and Interviews in the UPSC CSE examination.

He mentors students on the dynamic areas of GS 2 and GS 3 by teaching them the crucial art of notes-making and helps them brainstorm for topics through critical thinking and inter-linkage of Current Affairs with the static syllabus.

Additionally, being proficient in Geography optional, Abdul has guided hundreds of students with the same optional over the years.

He believes that every student requires a personalised strategy based on respective levels of understanding and preparation, hence aids them in developing a strategy and schedule unique to each student, identifies their strengths & weaknesses and monitors their progress passionately.

Faculty & Mentor, InsightsIAS

Subject : CSAT(Prelims)

Ms. Pratibha, former Professor of Chemistry at SRMS college, Delhi possesses more than 8 years of teaching experience in diverse subjects. From being awarded by Late President Dr.A P J Abdul Kalam as ‘Junior Scientist’ in her formative years to successfully running her own institute for IIT-JEE and NEET, students of which are currently studying in IITs and prestigious medical colleges of India, Pratibha has established herself as an expert.

Faculty for CSAT at InsightsIAS, Pratibha seeks to guide students with her immense knowledge, communication skills and instant doubt-clearance utilising innovative and interesting techniques thereby adding value to a student’s learning.

Faculty, InsightsIAS

Subject: CSAT(Prelims)

Shamanth Gowda, faculty for CSAT at InsightsIAS holds to his credit a professional teaching experience of more than 5 years at some of the top-most coaching institutes at Bangalore.

With specialisation in Mental Ability, Aptitude, Reasoning & Comprehension, thousands of students have qualified CSAT, SSC, CDS and other Banking examinations.

The secret behind his success rate is his simple yet effective way of teaching that has helped students to understand, retain and replicate concepts rather than purely mugging formulae.

Under his expert guidance, students from non-science background also have started developing love for aptitude and are able to qualify in various competitive exams.