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Against All Odds: How Another Inspiring Batch of Super 30 Cracked the IIT-JEE

Started by Anand Kumar, the institute does not just provide the aspirants with free coaching but also offers food and accommodation.

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Another batch of Super 30s have emerged victorious in their dream of cracking the IIT-JEE Advanced examinations after the results were declared on Sunday.

An institution that handpicks 30 talented students every year from underprivileged sections of the society, Super 30 has made it possible for an impressive 396 out of 450 students to make it to the IITs, since its inception in 2003.

Started by Anand Kumar, who is based in Patna, the institute does not just provide the aspirants with free coaching but also offers food and accommodation.

Anand Kumar and his Super 30s. Source: Facebook.

Post the result announcements, Anand gave all the credits to the students and their perseverance.

“I am happy that all 30 candidates have cracked the IIT-JEE Advanced this year. Now the time has come to give Super 30 a much-needed expansion. We will now organise tests for selecting the students in different parts of the country and give all the details on the website,” Anand Kumar, the founder told TOI.


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Though Anand’s Super 30 initiative is beyond commendable, many of the kids who were part of the Super 30s have stories that will make us believe that if given an opportunity, one is never too far from achieving his or her dreams, despite coming from extreme poverty and deprivation.

Kevlin, whose father had been unemployed and taught yoga in the neighbourhood, secured a rank of 208.

“My father was not even aware of what I had been doing, though he always encouraged me to pursue my education. I had only concentrated on studies and succeeded in cracking JEE-Advanced. Anand sir burnt the midnight oil to teach us,” he said.

Kevlin’s father, Deepak who could not support the family from whatever meager amount he earned, believed that the only way to defeat poverty was through education. Today, his son’s achievement has made him glow with pride.

Another inspiring success story is that of Arjun Kumar.

The son of a farmer based in Nalanda, Arjun’s joy knew no bounds after the declaration of the results. Securing a rank of 5448, he is proud of his achievement, making him the first in his family to go to college.

“My life changed for the better after I joined this institute. Although my family doesn’t understand much about this prestigious exam, they’re proud of my achievement. After engineering, I plan to go for UPSC. Nobody in my family had ever been to college. I will be the first one,” said Arjun.


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It wasn’t easy to get admission into the Super 30s. Arjun, who comes from a financially weak background, worked really hard. His elder brother, Manish helps their father in the field and has never been to a school, while his younger brother Jagdish studies in class 9th. “Only proper education can change our financial crisis,” he added.

Arbaaz Alam’s story just as motivational. Son of an egg seller, he never gave up hope and wanted to change the circumstances that defined his life. “Anand Sir made me confident about my abilities. He boosted my confidence. Now, my father will not have to sell eggs hail or shine,” said Arbaz.

With a teacher so dedicated, it is evident that the students will also emerge successful!

Way to go Super 30s!

To know more about the Super 30s, visit their page.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey’s Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.