While the country is debating on the pros and cons of making school boards a part of the IIT-JEE, here’s a story of an IIT alumnus who had scored just 39% in boards.
After completing his graduation, he went on to get a doctorate from Europe and is currently working at a senior position in a Danish drilling company.
Rajiv Dandotiyam attributes his success to IIT-JEE.
“Sometimes you have to turn your weakness into a blessing. The critical thinking that was developed while training for JEE helped me become more versatile and work in different domains. If it was not for IIT-JEE, I would have been working as a teacher in my village,” said Dandotiyam, better known as Dandu Bhai.
Recalling his school days in his village in Rajasthan, he said that the teachers would hardly teach. “After getting our final exam results, we would sell our books and buy cricket balls with the money. That was what learning meant to us...”
Dandotiyam got 39% in his school board exam and he stood 5th in his class of 60. Soon, he found out that his board exam score made him ineligible for pursuing further studies. “I cleared PET, but was ineligible. I was totally disenchanted. At this stage in my life, a bookseller told me about IIT-JEE. He even gave me three books for reference.”
After one failed attempt, Rajiv cleared the JEE in 2002. “I still remember the counselling session held at IIT-Bombay. I was trying to hide my board exam results, hoping that they shouldn’t lead to my rejection.”
Maintaining that board exams are important, Dandotiyam said: “The main problem is that the standards of schools across the country are not the same. This issue needs to be tackled.”
About Rajiv Dandotiyam
Rajiv Dandotiyam, hailing from a village in Rajasthan, got 39% in his school board exam and he was 5th in his class of 60
Soon, he found out that his board exams made him ineligible for pursuing further studies
After a failed attempt, he managed to clear the JEE in 2002
After graduation, he went on to do a PhD from Sweden
Currently, he is working at a senior position in a Danish drilling company.