बायोकैमिस्ट से एमबीए बने दिल्ली के मुनीश शर्मा ने संघ लोक सेवा द्वारा आयोजित सिविल सेवा परीक्षा में दूसरा स्थान प्राप्त किया है। मुनीश कहते हैं कि उनकी सफलता का कारण पाठ्य पुस्तकें नहीं बल्कि न्यूज़ पेपर्स हैं। मुनीश ने बताया ‘मैंनें बहुत ज़्यादा पढ़ाई नहीं की, न ही घंटों तक अपने आप को पाठ्य पुस्तकों में डुबाए रखा। मैंने तो बस ‘द हिन्दू’ अख़बार को लगातार पढ़ता रहा, उसकी ख़बरों उसकी रिपोर्ट्स का एक एक शब्द पढ़ता रहा। द हिन्दू मुझे अच्छा लगता है। मैंने बस उसे पढ़ा और परीक्षा में उत्तर लिखे।’
मुनीश की मां को भी समाचार पत्र पढ़ना अच्छा लगता है और वो ही उनकी प्रेरणा हैं। गौरतलब है कि सिविल सेवा परीक्षा के पाठ्यक्रम में किए गए बदलावों के बाद सामान्य अध्ययन का महत्व पहले से अधिक हो गया है ऐसे में द हिन्दू जैसे समाचार पत्र पढ़ना प्रतियोगियों के लिए लाभकारी है।
इस संबंध में द हिंदू में प्रकाशित खबर इस प्रकार है…
“I did not study much, I just read the newspaper”
Vijetha S. N
NEW DELHI, June 13, 2014
Munish Sharma began “subconsciously” preparing to become an IAS officer ever since he was in Class VI. He became financially independent by the time he reached Class IX and several years — a Biochemistry degree and an MBA — later, on a windy Thursday afternoon he aced the Civil Services examinations, coming second.
“I did not study too much, just read The Hindu newspaper word to word. I loved it. I also loved taking the Civil Services examination. I was never bogged down by the sheer work that everyone talks about. I read the newspaper, I wrote the exam,” he said, adding that he had not found time to celebrate yet as he was busy accepting all the congratulatory messages streaming in all day.
“I worked in the corporate world for five years and then decided it was time to become the IAS officer I always wanted to be. I did not shut myself in to study for hours. I continued reading the papers,” he said, adding that his mother, who also loves newspapers and reading and who brought him up single-handedly, was his main inspiration. “She is a teacher, I also took classes by the time I was in Class XI and supported myself financially.”
His advice to all those with IAS dreams in their hearts: “Enjoy what you do. Shutting yourself away from everything enjoyable is not the way to go about it. Focus is important, but enjoying the process is more important.”
The Delhi boy had very proud teachers from his alma mater Sri Venkateshwara College: “We are happy, I do not know him personally but I am proud,” said Arti Saxena, a Botany teacher.
“I know him very well and I am not surprised, he was always a clever one,” said Nanditha Narayan, a teacher who taught him many years ago.