Ojas, the JEE Mains 2022 topper, has a 70 percent hearing loss in both ears, but he prefers not to think about it or bring it up very often. Still, he acknowledges that it has caused him several difficulties, especially recently during the pandemic.
Ojas Maheshwari, a resident of Andheri (East), emerged as the top ranker in the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) category on Monday. The 18-year-old teenager is no stranger to the hall of fame.
Ojas lost his hearing at a young age, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his passions. Thanks to the help of his mother, Pooja, who is an Olympiad teacher herself, Ojas started preparing for and entering various Olympiads, math, and science exhibitions and competitions at the age of 8. The story of Ojas is an inspiration to us all, proving that disability is no barrier to success.
Ojas’s mother shared that Ojas wasn’t always an IIT aspirant. “He wanted to study astronomy as he was fascinated by it, but at some point, he decided to switch. We have always been supportive because he always made the right choices,” she said.
“I know people think I may be a nerd because I love studies, especially mathematics and physics and spend a lot of time in them. But those who know me closely know that I love socializing and going out to dinner with friends, and I love football,” said the teenager.
Ojas has always been driven to achieve great things. From a young age, he has pushed himself to do better with role models such as Sundar Pichai and APJ Abdul Kalam. His heart set on IIT, he didn’t get into a regular junior college after topping his Class 10th instead joined Narayana Junior College, where he would train for the competitive exams, studying for over 10 hours a day. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, Ojas achieved his dream of getting into IIT.