Pratapgarh: Both sons of a village labourer cracks India’s toughest IIT JEE exams, both get AIR 167 and 410

Great aspirations lead to great hard work and great hard work paves way for some astonishing and inspiring stories. 19 years old Brijesh Saroj and his brother Raju from Uttar Pradesh are a great example of the phrase used above as their years of hard work are about to get paid off.

Brijesh Saroj and Raju are one of those millions of Indians who dream of getting into the Indian Institute of Technology but what separates them from those millions is that they’re about to get their dream fulfilled, unlike many.

Their father Dharamraj Saroj from Pratpagarh, Uttar Pradesh is a daily wage worker. Both of his sons have cracked the IIT entrance exam. Raju secured an All-India rank of 167 while his elder brother Brijesh secured a rank of 410.

They also managed to get a splendid 95% in the HSC examination conducted for 12th grade students, after which they landed in a scholarship programme. Dharamraj realizes the hard work his sons put into the exam preparations. But he isn’t celebrating. He’s lost sleep over rustling up 1 lakh (Rs 30,000 admission fee and Rs 20,000 for the first semester) to get the boys admitted to the country’s best engineering institution. “True, it’s a great achievement, but we’re worried about making it, that too before the June 25 counselling date. Banks would give us loans only after we get admission,” Raju told reporters.

Brijesh aspires to prepare for the UPSC exam after finishing IIT. He believes he can do a lot for the well-being of society after becoming district magistrate. He believes there is a lot of talent in villages, sometimes students themselves don’t recognize it or give up because of poor facilities, but if one commits to a dream he can achieve it.

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani had waived the registration fees for both sons.

Despite facing the difficulties in their career, they didn’t let the negativity get the better of them. Anything is possible in life with substantial inputs of interest, hard work, grit and determination. Brijesh and Raju have set a great example to other aspirants that your hard work will never go in vain.

Let’s appreciate the two brothers on their success. The Youth wishes them best of luck for their future endeavours.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.