For days, Abhay Verma slept on an empty stomach and spent years with just two sets of clothes. But on Sunday, he was all smiles.
Abhay, a daily wager’s son from Gorakhpur, secured an All India Rank of 3,372 in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016, the results of which was announced on Sunday.
“My father is the sole bread earner in the family and earns less than Rs 500 a day by fixing tiles in Punjab,” Abhay, who wants to pursue mechanical engineering, said.
“We are two brothers and two sisters. All of us go to school. My father is barely able to pay for all our fees and manage our living expenses,” the 18-year-old added.
However, the youngster could not stop thanking his lucky stars as he cracked JEE Advanced 2016 with ease.
Hard work and supervision under the watchful eyes of Anand Kumar, founder of Super 30, helped Abhay cross the bridge. Last year, Abhay cleared UP board intermediate examinations with 81% marks.
“It was his determination and hard work that helped him crack JEE Advanced. He studied late in the night and got up early morning to revise and practice mathematics,” Anand Kumar said.
“With his father’s meagre income, it was always a struggle for the family to even arrange for two square meals a day,” Anand, who handpicked the boy after noticing his interest in studies, added.
Last year, two brothers from Pratapgarh were in the news after they cracked JEE. Brijesh, the elder brother, secured 410th rank and Raju, the younger one, bagged 167th rank.
The Union human resource development ministry announced that the admission fees for the two brothers will be waived and they will get scholarships to cover tuition, mess and other charges.