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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    George
    Jun 12, 2017 at 8:14 am
    It is important to mention his caste to beat the upper caste stereotype about dalits. It is important to know what feats the cons ution-guaranteed reservation policy of the government of India has achieved. Congratulations my boy! You make every Indian proud. Progressive politics created you, not the right-wing nonsense that is going on now. I wish you all the best with a big hug.
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      Rohit
      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!
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        Hrishav
        May 1, 2017 at 8:22 am
        Amazing bro keep it up
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          ALPHONSO
          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.
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            Vikas
            Apr 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm
            Why do you feel that mentioning his caste was an utmost necessity?
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              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.
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                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
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                  Senthilkumar Perumal
                  Apr 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm
                  Excellent. Wish him all the very best in advance for his JEE ADVANCED LEVEL exam.
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                    Prabin
                    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.
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