From Riches to Laurels: Story of a Boy from Jodhpur District Who Cracked AIPMT 2015
From a remote village of Beelwa, Jodhpur lays another marvel of this country, who, by his hard work and concentration, stormed the state with his powerful attempt and ranking in the AIPMT 2015 exam. Shiv Prakash attained 61 All India Rank in All India Pre-Medical Test 2015.
Born into a family of landless farmers, he is the first person to even study this far and crack a competitive exam. In a scenario where his father earns a meager income to support two-meals a day, he has touched the sky and now hopes to assist his father through his education and bright future.
His father Mangi Lal is has studied till Class 9 and mom is illiterate. "My father can farm during rainy season only. Rest of the year, he drives a vehicle without taking any leave, which fetches him Rs 10,000 which goes for our food, healthcare and education," said Prakash, one of the three brothers and sisters.
Unaware of any entrance exam like this until XII, his life took a turn while he was travelling in a bus, and one of his co-passengers told him about this entrance and spark some interests in this field. After sharing his idea of staying in Kota and studying, he was shocked. He stated that, "I was shocked to know the living expenses and fees of a coaching institute which was way ahead of my family's reach," recalled Prakash.
"One day my father insisted me to tell him about the expenses which were Rs 2 lakh for a year. In next few days he got the sum of Rs 2 lakh loan from local moneylender on high interest rate which we are still repaying," said Prakash, who transferred to a coaching hub Kota in 2013, who renounced off his total fees by 75% after acknowledging his intentions, his family background and his financial status.
"In my first attempt I got 10,288 rank. It disappointed me but I again appeared and managed to stand at 9,120. My tutors asked me to re-appear in the exam and this time got 461 AIR and 23 state rank in OBC category," said Prakash, excited for his counseling.
"I will go for my MBBS from a place which is nearer from my hometown. I will prefer to work part time to bear the expenses of living in a big city. I was told that I may require between Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000. I hope I will earn this much," said a confident Prakash.