Bhubaneswar: “I am what IIMC has made me today… forever grateful!”, said Samyak Jain in a Tweet after the UPSC results were declared on Monday. Jain, who secured an All India Rank of 7, attributed his success in the UPSC exams to his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC).
Jain did his Masters from IIMC and then studied International Relations at JNU. “When I went to journalism, I became aware of the problems of the people on the ground. I felt that the IAS service can give a better opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people,” he said.
Jain, a resident of Rohini Sector 9, Delhi, credits this success to his family. In particular, he is grateful to his mother. He said, “I am visually impaired and I needed an assistant writer for the exam and my mother did it. The whole family helped. There was a third wave of Covid and the weather was also bad. My maternal Uncle took me to the exam centre and waited for the whole time in the rain, till the exam ended.”
Samyak’s mother Vandana Jain and father Sanjay Jain are government employees. He added, “When I finished school, I did not have any problem with my eyes. It all started when I entered my 20s. Writing and reading became difficult. Struggled a lot. I did my initial studies in Delhi, then 10-12th from Mumbai, then I graduated from School of Open Learning, University of Delhi.”
When asked how difficult or easy it is to prepare for Civil Services for those who are visually impaired? Samyak said, “People with visual impairment need not panic about this. One can do it with his hard work and dedication. Books are available online for free in digital format. The candidate needs to be prepared and have confidence. It will surely lead to success, the top rank holder added.