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Ali Moeen Nawazish

February 8, 2009

I read about this young and talented boy a couple of days back. He deserves accolades for his exceptional achievement. He appeared in 24 subjects in A Levels and secured A grade in 22 subjects.  He’s also made it to the Guinness Book of Records. He’s definitely set high standards for himself!


Ali, who speaks Urdu, English and Punjabi, sat all the exams within 12 months at Rawalpindi’s Roots College International. His entry was organised through accredited boards Ed-Excel and Cambridge International Examinations.

Ali also achieved a top score in the U.S. admissions test and was accepted by most Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and Yale. Apart from core science subjects he is almost entirely self taught. He studied for up to 12 hours a day, using energy drinks to help concentrate.

He still managed to keep up his leisure pursuits, however, playing the guitar, cricket and table tennis, and editing his school newspaper. He even found time for a trip to America to attend a Harvard leadership course.

But it wasn’t always like that.

Ali’s incredible talent began to emerge only at the age of 15. He was a chubby boy and rather solitary and many of his early results were mediocre.

He said: ‘Then one day it all clicked. I needed to prove to myself, and to others, that I could do it.’ At O-level  –  still an internationally recognised qualification  –  he got nine A grades.

Then came the A-levels. His mother Nisar Malik, 48, father Zaka Ullah, 51, both doctors, though worried about his workload, were very supportive. ‘They always said that if I was happy, they were happy,’ he said. ‘Now they love the fact that I’ve done so well.’

So just how does he manage to achieve so much? One teacher described him as having ‘a mind like a scanner’ but Ali says he does not have a photographic memory.

He simply enjoys learning. ‘The way I work is by spending ten minutes on one subject, then switching to another, then another. It’s a bit haphazard but it works.’

He retained the knowledge by linking facts to funny anecdotes he invented, and by reading around the subjects.

Hardest part was the exams, which he described as ‘a mental endurance battle’. For two weeks he had a minimum of four every day, sometimes from 8am to midnight to avoid timetable clashes.

Dr Nick Bampos, senior tutor at Trinity Hall, said the first time he and his colleagues saw Ali’s application they found it hard to believe.

Dr Bampos said: ‘But not only is he really bright, he is really charming. He might be a computer scientist but he shatters all the stereotypes. We’re delighted to have him.’

The boy so set on getting to Cambridge

24 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2009 7:49 pm

    hmmm. Such a talented student.

  2. Ayesha permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:33 pm

    Indeed! 🙂

  3. February 9, 2009 9:11 pm

    Great! That was inspirational.

  4. bmk permalink
    February 10, 2009 4:10 am

    I just saw him talking to Kamran Khan on Geo & being congratulated on behalf of all of us. Good to know that his achievement is recognized. Indeed a good news.

  5. imran aslam permalink
    February 10, 2009 4:53 am

    Ali is a son of Pakistan, who everyone of us proud. He deserves Nishan e Pakistan.

    Well done Ali, all our prayers with you for your future records.

  6. kashkin permalink
    February 10, 2009 11:12 am

    Brilliant….well done to him and lashings of congratulations to us all to see that we have talent….all we need to do is to capitalise it….

    thanks Ayesha for bringing this news to us all.

  7. Ayesha permalink
    February 10, 2009 6:38 pm

    I feel too small when I read about such achievements 😕

  8. sidu permalink
    February 11, 2009 10:14 am

    Congrats and well done!!
    We all are proud of you – 🙂

  9. Asma Ahsan permalink
    February 23, 2009 5:09 am


  10. Ayesha permalink
    February 23, 2009 3:36 pm

    Brilliance! 🙂

  11. March 11, 2009 4:32 pm

    Dear Ali

    First of all May Allah showers of blessing you always in ever feild (ameen)

    We are all proud of you well done Mashallah.

    Thanks & best regards.

  12. March 24, 2009 11:30 pm

    that’s a great accomplishment
    i think all pakistani kids are good at studies although we don’t get credited for it. In the u.s. we get mixed for either indian or middle-eastern. anyway i hope he comes back and does something great for his country =]

  13. March 25, 2009 11:41 am

    Ali mian the great, what a shot which u have done. God bless you dear, I hope u will done in a computer in future. First you complete ur study in Computer. Then i hope u will do some extra. You must be a professional programmer, all language you must complete with all aspects. First you make team or group to do some extra for Pakistan and i hope you will done and make changes in computer in world.

  14. March 26, 2009 7:37 am

    And in one of his interviews he said that to help others, he has set up this website:

  15. Ayesha permalink
    March 26, 2009 10:41 am

    BTB: Thanks for sharing the website link!

  16. March 26, 2009 11:11 am

    you are welcome 🙂

  17. March 26, 2009 6:04 pm

    Brilliant 🙂 This kind of superb talent certainly assures bright future of Pakistan.

  18. Rubina permalink
    April 3, 2009 3:41 pm


    tum ak roshan aur clear example ho,jo aqgee chal k her PAKISTAN ki palk nook sawaren ghi

  19. Mariam khan permalink
    June 1, 2009 6:01 am

    Rock de vezeY;)

  20. sabiha khan permalink
    July 22, 2009 10:12 pm

    That’s simply marvellous. I am so excited that a pakistani guy did so well. Living in America, i see a lot of indians doing really good in their studies, but I am too excited today that a guy from my backhome just broke the records. Bravo man! Keep it up.

  21. feheem permalink
    August 14, 2009 7:32 am

    man do u eat
    any way keep it up

  22. December 10, 2009 7:29 am


  23. Iftikhar Chungazee permalink
    July 29, 2010 7:27 am

    wish u Ali all the best.And work harder to achieve more and more world records.

  24. mala permalink
    January 19, 2011 2:27 am

    oh i m inspired by such a talented boy

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