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13 Apr 2019

Losing eyesight to clearing UPSC: UP man's incredible story

UP man clears UPSC despite no eyesight

The Union Public Services Commission examination is one of the toughest in the country, and for a visually challenged candidate, the difficulty level probably multiples manifold.

However, 27-year-old Satender Singh, who has bagged 714th rank in UPSC 2018, has proved that determination can turn the impossible into a reality.

Satender lost his eyesight when he was just one-and-a-half-year old.

Here's his remarkable story.

In context

UP man clears UPSC despite no eyesight

Hearing pride in parents' voices makes it worth it: Satender

After the results got declared on April 5, Satender said, "For my parents, who really struggled through life undergoing multiple adversities, this was the best I could give them. Hearing them speak of my achievement with pride in their voices makes it all worth it."

Satender lost his eyesight when he was administered wrong injection

Context

Satender lost his eyesight when he was administered wrong injection

Tragedy struck Satender, native of Amroha district in Uttar Pradesh, when he was given a wrong medication.

"When I was about just one and half years old, I was afflicted with pneumonia. My parents took me to a doctor, but at the local hospital, I was unfortunately given a wrong injection that severely damaged my retinal and optical nerves," he told The Better India.

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Struggle

No facilities in small town, no one to guide him

During initial days, Satender would sit around for long learning everything that was taught in school.

"I wanted to prove that I could learn better than the children in my locality despite my limitations," he said.

Coming from a farmers' family, there were naturally no facilities in a small town, and none to guide him.

Then, one of his uncles came to his rescue.

Uncle enrolled Satender to  Government School for Blind Boys

School

Uncle enrolled Satender to Government School for Blind Boys

His uncle decided to enrol him in Government Senior Secondary School for Blind Boys in Delhi, where he experienced Braille language for the first time.

Satender said, "I recall practising on Taylor's Frames for Mathematics, on which you make, feel and identify different numbers."

Although he felt like going back home initially, with time he learned the skills and cleared Class XII in 2009.

UG in Delhi

Exemplary performance in school got Satender into St. Stephen's College

Later, with exemplary marks in Class XII, he got himself enrolled into St. Stephen's College's BA program.

Coming from a Hindi medium school, he experienced language barrier in college.

However, with his determination, he mastered the art of English language in a year, and made an alien environment his own.

Meanwhile, he also started participating in extra-curricular activities in the college.

'JNU  taught me the value of tolerance'

MPhil

'JNU taught me the value of tolerance'

Later, Satender got into Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for an MPhil on International Relations.

He recalled, "Everyone, from a son of a rickshaw puller to those from elite families, was seen sitting together and discussing their ideas on the Indian democracy."

"What JNU taught me was the value of tolerance and respecting the other despite my disagreements," he added.

Decision

Satender: Wanted to prove physical limitations is never an obstruction

All his life, whenever people came to know about his disability, they would pity him.

After he enrolled for MPhil in JNU, he decided to break the prejudices and stop being an object of sympathy.

"By cracking the civil services exam, I wanted to prove that a body, with its physical limitations, is never an obstruction in the realization of your goals," he said.

Satender's first attempt was in 2016, which he didn't clear

Attempts

Satender's first attempt was in 2016, which he didn't clear

During the same time, he was also teaching at Sri Aurobindo College of Delhi University.

Satender's first attempt to crack UPSC was in 2016, which he didn't clear due to other academic commitments.

Later, a month before his Mains exam in 2017, he was badly affected by a severe intestinal infection leaving him weak and a long recovering time undid his preparations.

'I didn't think that I could embrace these hardships'

Talking about that low point in his life, Satender said, "At the time, I didn't think that I could embrace these hardships. But I persevered, finishing my MPhil, and also starting my PhD from JNU, which focused on addressing issues of sovereignty in the cyberspace."

Girlfriend

Satender gives credit to his girlfriend for her support

However, in 2018 things changed and how. Satender cleared the UPSC exam.

He gives credit to his girlfriend, who wishes to remain unnamed, for keeping him away from stress.

"Though I was living in a hostel, she made sure that I ate well, stayed calm and composed. She supported me through all these hardships. I owe a great deal to her," he added.

'Success and failures just means to larger goals in life'

Satender told TBI, "If you keep these things in mind, you'll be surprised by your abilities. Success and failures are just a means to larger goals in life. Cracking the UPSC isn't the final goal, but the means to proceed towards greater things."

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Where is Satender from?

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Satender comes from Amroha district in Uttar Pradesh

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When he was about just one and half years old, he was given a wrong injection and he lost his eye-sight.

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Satender got into the Jawaharlal Nehru University to study International Relations.

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With exemplary marks in Class XII, he got him into Delhi University's St Stephen's College in B.A programme.

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