JEE main: Son of a school teacher, a Dalit creates history, scores 360/360

The confirmation came Thursday morning with a call from CBSE chairperson R K Chaturvedi

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: May 1, 2017 6:02 pm
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HE DIDN’T need any help from the coaching centres of Kota, he didn’t have to “drop a year” to focus on the entrance test, and he started preparing seriously just over a year go.

And yet, his JEE Mains result? 360/360. Creating history, 17-year-old Kalpit Veerval, the son of a male nurse and a school teacher in Udaipur, became the first ever candidate to top the exams with hundred per cent marks to ensure a seat in any of the country’s National Institutes of Technology, Indian Institutes of Information Technology and Centrally Funded Technical Institutes.

The confirmation came Thursday morning with a call from CBSE chairperson R K Chaturvedi. The applause followed. “Kalpit is the first student to score a perfect 100% in the JEE Main competition. Rajasthan is proud of you,” posted Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on her official Twitter account.

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Kalpit, who appeared for the exam from the SC category, had topped across categories. But then, that was of no surprise to his parents. He had already topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad in 2013 and the National Talent Search Examination a year later.

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“We are very proud. He would wake up at 6 am every day and after finishing his school and coaching classes by 5 pm, would start studying again after a small break,” said Kalpit’s father Pushpendra Veerval. His mother Pushpa is a government school teacher.

Kalpit says that despite his rigorous 17-hour daily study plan, he found time to play cricket and badminton, and enjoy his favourite music by Coldplay, Linkin Park and Ed Sheeran.

Kalpit enrolled in a coaching institute when he was in Class 8. “I did that to understand the examination and the effort it requires. But I started preparing seriously for JEE Mains only in Class 11,” he said.

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However, he chose to stay away from Kota, a favourite destination for entrance hopefuls.

“Staying at home was a conscious decision because I wanted to stay away from all the pressure at Kota. The results of my institute in Udaipur have been very good, and staying with my parents obviously had its advantages,” he says.

A student of MDS senior secondary school in Udaipur, Kalpit is now awaiting his Class 12 exam results. But his eyes are already set on the next target: the JEE (Advanced) examination for IITs on May 21.

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  1. R
    May 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Dear Indian Express thank you for letting us know bright Kalpit's caste (Dalit). It is indeed really important to mention that in your headline else it may not have sounded as impressive as it is now. Keep up the good work!
    1. H
      May 1, 2017 at 8:22 am
      Amazing bro keep it up
      1. A
        Apr 30, 2017 at 12:07 am
        PL remember under the skin all are the same. No caste, no creed, no rich , no poor. God made everything beautiful in his time.
        1. V
          Apr 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm
          Why do you feel that mentioning his caste was an utmost necessity?
          1. R
            Rupinder Kaur
            Apr 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm
            Why is it necessary at all to mention that he is a dalit or non-dalit?It should not matter at all.
            1. S
              Sandeep Bara
              Apr 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm
              How Low will you go Indian Express. Who the cares about his caste , he has achieved an amazing feat and that's it why do you have to tell his caste . Bloody s, no wonder your readership is declining
              1. S
                Senthilkumar Perumal
                Apr 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm
                Excellent. Wish him all the very best in advance for his JEE ADVANCED LEVEL exam.
                1. P
                  Apr 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm
                  Why a dalit belonging to rich economic background be given reservation . There are many more economically backward general category students way beyond the economic status of dalits . Think for it . Times are changing and so there is a need to ammend the cons ution written by Bhim Rao Ambedkar with changing times . Should the family of high political leaders of dalit family be also given reservations . This boy got all the facilities from home . Belongs to an educated household Should he be given reservation . Absurd to say that our system is not even half justifiable.
                  1. R
                    Apr 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm
                    He is the person who deserve to eat open category seat
                    1. D
                      Dr. Shirish S. Naik
                      Apr 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                      We are all happy that Dalits and other communities that are wrongly being considered as backward are no longer so. It would definitely hurt their self respect to continue to be "protected" by reservations. We are all one ... we are Bharatiya Nagariks and there is no difference between a so called Brahmin and a Dalit.
                      1. J
                        Apr 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm
                        Thank you Indian express for living upto our retrogressive indian mindset of putting caste before all other iden ies. Even if you want to hide behind the ideology of being a mirror to the society , please respect those who have comeout of that mentality , and stop hammering our younger generation with casteist remarks , where none was warranted.
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                          Rohan Ch. Das
                          Apr 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                          yes its necessary tu mention d caste slaps on d faces who still discriminates on les as i am also an sc i know that .. hats off brother ... god bless you
                          1. C
                            Apr 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm
                            Congrats and kudos to Kalpit.. Why is it so important for media to flash caste and religion Isn't it a moment of pride to his parents and nation
                            1. S
                              Surendranath Potu
                              Apr 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm
                              Such a ed headline..Who cares if he is a dalit Muslim or Christian? Such a worse peice of journalism. I just clicked just so that I can highlight your journalism standard. There are only 2 religions in the world now, poor and non-poor. Stop spreading and contribute your part to nation building.
                              1. A
                                Apr 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm
                                It was important to mention the caste in order to prove that Dalits no longer need reservation and they have the potential to score 100 marks. Kudos, Kalpit!
                                1. A
                                  A Poor
                                  May 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm
                                  In that case, why Dalits and Muslims are harassed and lynched in the name of holy cow (Desi only, Not Jerseys)? Perhaps because they are poor and the non-poor are contributing to nation building through their shameless oppression of the poor.
                                2. K
                                  Apr 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm
                                  Congrats to the brilliant young kid. But was it necessary for the writer to mention the caste. ic and insensitive media.
                                  1. R
                                    Apr 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                                    Hope this is the first of many amazing accomplishments to follow from Kalpit. This guy will certainly be an inspiration to so many irrespective of age or caste :)
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                                      Ambi Saikumar
                                      Apr 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm
                                      My Heartly Congratulations to KALPIT, you did marvellous and I wish people like you remain in the country and help the country develop further the vision every body looks for. Hope at least you will contribute to the nation the best out of you. Have a bright future and God Bless You
                                      1. J
                                        Apr 29, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                                        He had coaching just that not in kota. But the fact that he is a dalit, he deserves reservation in seats so even if he is rank 1 let him take 1St seat from his category but he would take a seat from open, won't he...the great Indian oppressed cl !!!
                                        1. R
                                          RAM SWAROOP
                                          Apr 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm
                                          Congratulations. You are a pride of our society. We are behind you. If you required any help, please mail to me. Wish you very best.
                                          1. C
                                            Apr 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm
                                          2. P
                                            Apr 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                                            Being a Dalit is mentioned because THEY are not supposed to do so well in studies. Likewise if he had been a Muslim. No other caste or religion would have been mentioned because it is right that they do well. It is our 3,500 year old mindset. It is not about to change. In fact it is becoming more rigid.
                                            1. K
                                              Apr 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm
                                              There wasn't a need of mentioning Dalit - Indian express grow up!!!!
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