What is it that makes Roman Saini special? In his own words, nothing. He says he is just like anyone else and yet his achievements stand him apart from everyone. He cleared UPSC Civil Services, which is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in the world and has an acceptance ratio of less than 0.01%, at the age of 22. That’s not his only achievement. He got AIIMS admission after clearing entrance examination at the age of 16 and went to publish a research paper in a reputed medical journal at 18.
After completing his MBBS, he worked as a Junior Resident at NDDTC in Psychiatry but resigned within six months after he cleared UPSC Civil Services in 2014. He was the youngest to clear the UPSC exam until Ansar Shaikh cleared the exam last year at the age of 21.
Roman Saini, however, resigned and began his own entrepreneurial venture – Unacademy. Unacademy is a website which provides free online coaching, webinars, tutorials and motivational speeches for IAS aspirants.
He believes that no one is a born genius and everyone has the knowledge, talent and caliber to achieve whatever they want in life. What one needs is to over the fear to go against what their parents or society wants, to get over the fear of pushing their limits.
He says that in order to succeed the first thing you need is to learn how to learn. Before taking up a challenge, you need to train for the challenge.
Roman Saini’s success path for UPSC:
1. A student should study for 6-10 hours per day for a year, set academic study goals and achieve at least 70 percent of them, be attentive in classes and try to sit away from friends (they, in his words, are distractions), never seek happiness and satisfaction in the sense of complacency, stop complaining and condemning, stay detail oriented, and take calculated risks.
2. The trends in changing exam pattern require aspirants to focus more on Environment and Ecology, Science and Technology, and Arts and Culture. These subjects, he says, cover 50 percent of Paper I. “For arts and culture, old editions of NCERT books should be considered as Bible, otherwise new editions are also good enough,” he says.
3. Stay focused and don’t underestimate yourself, for most of the toppers are just above-average in intelligence; the only difference lies in planning and execution.
4. Study and revise more often from the same source. Do not switch between books. Collecting and accumulating books will not lead to osmosis of knowledge,” says Saini, encouraging the aspirants, and unravelling the enigma of the insurmountable challenge that CSE seems to be.
If cracking the UPSC is your dream, this can serve as some inspiration!
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