“Patience is the key”! An elated Kartik Kansal says to PBNS in an exclusive interview. Who is Kartik? An ISRO Scientist who secured 271 rank in UPSC 2021!
25-year-old Kartik Kansal broke his own record to better himself and land his goal after years of hard work and grit, a character trait he gets from her mother, Mamta Gupta. Kartik passed the 2021 UPSC examination with flying colors and proved to the world, that “you need not be physically but mentally strong to achieve your goals.”
At age eight, Kartik was detected with Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive disorder where, gradually, your limbs stop functioning…. He has been on a wheelchair for 14 years…. However, his story is not defined by his physical limitations but by the success he has achieved. After 4 attempts, 3 interviews, and 2 final selections, Kartik has cracked one of the toughest exams on the planet.
Let’s hear from Kartik himself about the drive that kept him going through all the odds.
The IIT Roorkee graduate believes now is the time that highly needs a change in perception, and a person with a disability shall be treated with dignity and as equals …. “Accessibility for all is another area that Kartik Kansal wishes to work specifically”
One of the ways to work on accessibility is dialogue, the other that Kartik believes is through policy creation and awareness..
A person who loves outdoor activities and traveling, Kartik is also inspired by Ira Singhal, who instilled in him that he too could do it. But, he has special gratitude for his mother who despite the social pressure didn’t give up on her child and provided the best to him.
And to all the UPSC aspirants eagerly waiting for some tips, Kartik says, Patience is the Key. Writing by practice is another habit one must inculcate. He talks about his strategy, choosing the optionals and more ..
The world recently celebrated International Day of Yoga and Yoga played an important role in IAS Kartik’s life, it helped him with his condition. But he also advises others to practice it for dealing with stress.
the ISRO Scientist turned IAS, Kartik also has a word of gratitude for the government support and the change in attitude as to how they are looked upon..
And before I leave, here is a message from IAS Kartik Kansal for all, especially the persons with disability who are taking over the world, be it sports, arts, and not just the UPSC exams…
Thank you for watching, until next time, namastey