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These 5 Underprivileged Kids Beat Poverty Through Education at IIT-JEE 2017

Financial crisis, lack of opportunities, they faced it all but emerged victorious

Success only comes to those who dare to attempt. We bring to you a list of 5 students who are putting every word of this idiom into action and hail from humble backgrounds, who swept their way through the JEE Advanced 2017 exams.

Fighting all odds, these champions stood out from more than 1.7 lakh students who appeared for the exam held at more than 500 centres in the country.

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1. Vibilisetti Mohan Abhyas, son of samosa vendors

Seventeen-year-old Vibilsett, hails from a humble family in Hyderabad where his parents run a roadside samosa eatery. He bagged the 64th rank in the JEE entrance exam, the first position in South India, the first rank in JEE Mains and scored a whopping 310 marks out of 366 in the JEE Advanced. He put in 10 hours of study every day, and sought permission from his school and junior college to stay on campus after study hours. He attributes his success to his parents and his teachers say that he wants to become a scientist. Ever since they shifted from West Godavari, Andhra to Hyderabad in search of jobs, Subba Rao and his wife Naga Suryakala have been making a living by selling samosas for the past 13 years.

2. Arbaaz Alam, son of an egg-seller

Arbaaz cracked the IIT JEE Advanced 2017 confirming his place in one of the 23 IITs. His father sells eggs in Bihar’s Bihar Sharief district. Adamant about changing the family’s financial instability, Arbaaz aspired to be at the top to change the course of his life. He is one of Anand Kumar’s Super 30 students, which provides free coaching along with food and lodging to students from underprivileged sections of the society.

“Anand sir made me feel confident about my abilities. He boosted my confidence. Now, my father will not have to sell eggs out in the harsh weather,” said Arbaz in an interview with Ummid.


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3. Arpit Prajapat, son of a gardener

Arpit Prajapat secured an all-India rank (AIR) of 46 in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Advanced) and AIR 244 in JEE (Main) 2017. A son of a gardener from Indore, Prajapat dedicated his success to his father, Harenam.

“I am very happy that I was able to do well in the Advanced. Consistent studies and a strong understanding of the concepts of science helped me score well,”  said the 17-year-old said in an interview with the Hindustan Times.

4. Adarsh Lal, son of a general merchant

Adarsh Lal’s father, Panna Lal runs a general merchant shop in Hayatnagar, about 10km from UP’s Mau district. Panna Lal runs the house with a meagre income of Rs 7,000 per month. Half of his earnings are spent in funding the education of his two elder sons.

“He took loans and then worked extra hours to repay them. But he has never let us live a day without food. Except food there is nothing at home – no TV, no refrigerator. Festivals are like usual days. We have not bought any new clothes for years,” Adarsh told TOI.

Adarsh is determined to make his father proud and wants to be a chemical engineer.


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 5. Bhairulal, son of a farm labourer

His village lacks the most basic facilities in Rajasthan, but Bhairulal never let it stand in the way of his goals. Bhairulal, who belongs to a modest farmer’s family from Aarjiya in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district, secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 1,143 in Other Backward Caste (OBC) category and AIR 6,750 in general category in JEE (Advanced).

“My father, Gopal Lal Jat, used to cultivate five bighas of agricultural land and sell milk from a couple of buffaloes and my mother, Seema Devi, worked as a National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) labourer in the village for some years to help earn bread and butter (for the family) and to educate me. After pursuing a BTech from IIT, I will take the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exam and if I am able to achieve my goal, I will encourage other kids from villages to seek education,” he told the Hindustan Times.

Bhairulal now wants to pursue a course in mechanical or computer science engineering at one of the IITs.

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