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Sons of a farmer and a tailor crack JEE Advanced in Jharkhand

Sixteen-year-old Nikhil Nischal, son of a farmer and Siddhant Prasad, 17, son of a tailor from Jharkhand cracked the JEE Advanced 2018 on Sunday for admission to the IIT

education Updated: Jun 10, 2018 21:20 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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IIT-JEE aspirants coming out of the examination hall after writing the Mains paper, in Patna.(HT File Photo)

Sixteen-year-old Nikhil Nischal, son of a farmer and Siddhant Prasad, 17, son of a tailor from Jharkhand cracked the JEE Advanced 2018 on Sunday for admission to the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Nikhil secured all India ranking (AIR) 2043 in the OBC category, while Siddhant bagged AIR 3037 in the same category.

The farmer’s son from Tupkadih village in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district, Nikhil said proper guidance of teachers, dedication to studies and time-management helped him to get this feat.

Nikhil scored 89.2% marks in aggregate in the Class-12 board exam conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) this year.

“After my class 10 board exams, I got berth in the CCL Ke Lal where teachers helped and guided me to clear the exam,” he said.

CCL Ke Lal is a flagship educational project of the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), which runs under company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR). CCL Ke Lal sponsors the education of underprivileged children and trains some of them for competitive exams like the JEE Advanced.

“I would like to pursue electronics from IIT-ISM,” he said.

Nikhil’s father Shiv Shankar Prasad, who has studied up to class 10, said, “My son has been laborious since childhood. He got 10 CGPA in class 10 board examination from BRL-DAV School in Bhandaridah.”

Prasad added his financial condition was not so good that he could afford the cost of higher education of his son. “The CCL helped my son achieve this success,” he said.

Nikhil said he used to study 5-6 hours daily for the examination. Apart from study, he loves to listen to music.

Tailor’s son Siddhant Prasad said he was interested in biotechnology from IIT Guwahati. “Since my father’s income is less than a lakh rupees per annum, I will get fee waiver of Rs 1 lakh there,” he said.

Resident of Hosir in Gomia block of Jharkhand’s Bokaro district, Siddhant passed his class 10 exams from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bokaro with 10 CGPA. “I cleared the CCL Ke Lal exam and got admission in DAV Gandhi Nagar for class 11 and 12,” he said.

Siddhant got 92.8% marks in the CBSE class 12 exam. “I studied 6-7 hours a day to crack JEE Advanced. Apart from studies, I love to play cricket,” he said.

Siddhant’s father Akhilesh Prasad, 40, who had studied up to class 12, said, “My son made us proud. Being a marginal tailor, I never thought that he would crack such a prestigious examination. However, CCL helped him to realize his dream.”

Nikhil and Sidhant’s teacher Jitendra Kumar from CCL Ke Lal said, “Both students are very hardworking and sincere. They followed each and every step required to crack the exam.”

CCL chairman-cum-managing director Gopal Singh congratulated both students for their achievements.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 21:19 IST