While discrimination and atrocities are rising against people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), a 17 year old Dalit student from Rajasthan, Kalpit Veerwal, stunned everyone by scoring full marks and clinching the All India Rank 1 in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2017. Regular classes, hard work and a bit of confidence helped him to achieve this feat. The results were announced on April 27.
Kalpit is the topper in general as well Scheduled Caste category. He has scored 360 out of 360 in the examination.
He told Hindustan Times over the phone from Udaipur that the Chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), RK Chaturvedi, called him in the morning to give him the news.
“It is a happy moment for me to be the topper in JEE Mains but I am taking it normally and focussing on JEE Advanced, which would be held next month,” Kalpit said.
He has appeared in Class 12 board exams privately from MDS Public School this year and the result is awaited.
“I did regular studies, never missed the classes, kept my confidence high and cleared doubts from teachers to achieve success in JEE Mains 2017,” Kalpit, a son of a compounder, said.
“I used to study for around 5-6 hours daily apart from coaching classes and classes in school,” he added.
Kalpit said his family and teachers helped him achieve the feat. “My parents looked after me well so that I do not get ill and miss studies,” he said.
His father Pushkar Lal Veerwal is a compounder at Udaipur’s Maharana Bhupal Government Hospital and his mother Pushpa Veerwal is a government school teacher. His elder brother is a medical student in AIIMS.
Kalpit, who is fond of playing cricket, badminton and music, said he has not yet decided about his career plans but wants to seek admission in IIT-Mumbai to pursue computer science.