Full text of Roman Saini’s talk: How to Crack World’s Toughest Examinations at TEDxJUIT Conference.
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Good evening and I hope you have enjoyed the talks till now. So let me start with something – the first slide which you can see, it talks about How to Crack World’s Toughest Examinations. See, what defines the toughness of an examination is the acceptance ratio, that is, the number of candidates who are accepted divided by the number of candidates who have applied.
So for those of you who do not know today is the Civil Services Examination day, many of your friends might be giving it and more than a million people are giving it as of now. Right now the examination is going on. If you have to become an IAS, the acceptance ratio is less than 1/10000, that is less than 0.01%. So you have better odds of jumping from 50th floor and surviving rather than getting into IAS.
So this is me before the examinations, a very down to earth geek, nerd, whatever you want to call it. So then this is my life, pretty much an average student, just like you guys sitting here. No difference whatsoever.
Then we move on to — never been out of Jaipur, that is my hometown, till 16 years of age. Literally I did not visit any other state in my life except Rajasthan. Studied from 4 different schools because of various issues despite living in the same place for 16 years.
Then something happened in 10th standard. When I was 14 years old I realized that “I was very risk averse”. I was not taking risks at all. Then I realized if I am not living on the edge, I’m already taking too much space. Despite my frail and fragile personality of 40 kgs, still I was taking too much space not in the physical sense but in metaphorical sense.