Fighting odds: These five kids who cracked IIT Jee 2017 prove poverty is no bar for talent

These five students, who cracked IIT JEE 2017, are shining example of how obstacle like poverty, caste does not matter, if one has the will to succeed in his/her life

Bill Gates has said,” If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.” It has been proved time and again those who fight the toughest battle also draw utmost respect. These five students, who cracked IIT JEE 2017, are shining example of how obstacle like poverty, caste does not matter, if one has the will to succeed in his/her life. These champions made it to the prestigious college competing with over 1.7 lakh students who appeared for the exam held at more than 500 centres in the country

1 Arbaaz Alam, son of an egg-seller:

Hailing from Bihar’s  Biharsharif district, Arbaaz cracked the IIT JEE Advanced 2017 and confirmed his place in one of the 23 IITs.  He is one of the students of Anand Kumar’s Super 30 batch. Son of an egg seller, Arbaaz saw his family suffering from financial problems. “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 TOI.

2  Vibilisetti Mohan Abhyas, son of samosa vendors

Hailing from a humble family in Hyderabad, Seventeen-year-old Vibilisetti parents run a roadside samosa eatery. the 17-year-old was got an All India Rank of 64 in the JEE exam, the first rank in JEE Mains and scored a whopping 310 marks out of 366 in the JEE Advanced.He put in 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.

3. Adarsh Lal, son of a general merchant

Adarsh Lal’s father runs a general merchant shop at a village in UP’s Mau district. His monthly income is nearly Rs 7000 and half of this amount is 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.

4 Bhairulal, son of a farm labourer

Despite being deprived of  most basic facilities at his village in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district, Bhairulal never let his poverty came in the way of his goals. He 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.

5 Arpit Prajapat, son of a gardener

Arpit Prajapat bagged an all-India rank (AIR) of 46 in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Advanced) and AIR 244 in JEE (Main) 2017.  Hailing from MP’s Indore, Arpit dedicated his success to his gardener 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.