Satyam Gandhi, who comes from a rural family in Bihar, had never heard of momos and sandwiches before he got a seat in Delhi University.
But sitting in a small room in a Karol Bagh PG, he self-studied his way to the 10th rank in the UPSC Civil Services exam this year — that too on his very first attempt.
UPSC Rank 10’s preparation strategy
The 22-year-old studied for UPSC just for a year with no coaching and says that self-study is the key to success.
His small PG room is full of books with maps and timetables posted on the walls to help in his UPSC preparation.
He says he studied for 8 to 10 hours a day with a full focus on a strategy.
Difficult times made him mature
Hailing from a simple background, Satyam’s father had taken a loan to help his son study in Delhi. And his son has made him proud by never letting the city life divert his focus from his UPSC preparation.
Satyam Gandhi says it was facing these difficult situations that made him mature.
The UPSC topper with Rank 10 says he will finally take a break from his studies now and visit his home in Bihar to meet his parents.
Satyam wants to tackle the problems faced in rural areas after becoming an IAS and hopes to get into the Bihar cadre itself.