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Meet MP labourer’s son who didn’t allow odds to come in his success path, scores 99.93 percentile in his first JEE attempt

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Jul 14, 2022 7:00 AM

Read Time: 3 minute

Deepak Prajapati, a labourer's son from Indore who was labelled 'extremely poor in studies' at the age of seven, scored 99.93 percentile in his first attempt at the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) mains round-one.
Deepak's inspiring success is as much about self-belief as it is about the faith his family has in him. Fueled by fierce determination since his teachers dismissed him as a no-hoper in class 2, and backed by a family that flinched at nothing in helping him chase his dreams.

Borrowed money for deepak’s studies

During the Covid pandemic, his family had borrowed money to buy him a smartphone for online studies. "For us, a smartphone was a luxury. But my parents arranged for the money from my uncle, and the phone was crucial in my preparations” Deepak told stated. He also said that he is pleased that his younger brother has been inspired to follow in his footsteps.

About Deepak Prajapati

Deepak's father, Ram Ekbal Prajapati, works as a welder but does odd jobs to supplement his income.

Prajapati failed his class 10 exams but realized the importance of education. So, he moved with his family from a small village in Dewas to the district headquarters when Deepak was seven, and enrolled him in class 2 in a government school. His teachers initially wrote him off as "extremely poor in studies".

"We had just shifted from a remote village and I didn't even know the basics. I started working very hard in class and by the time I reached class 5, I was good at studies," the 18-year-old stated. He steadily improved and secured 96% in class 10. That brought him to the notice of government counsellors who showed him his career options.

"My interest in mathematics can be described as 'extreme.' Because I am fascinated by the concept of engineering, I promised myself that I would study computer science engineering at IIT-Kanpur "Deepak stated. He informed his parents that he intended to relocate to Indore, the educational capital of MP, to study for the JEE. They agreed without hesitation.

" We cannot afford his dream but he wanted to study, so we sold whatever little jewellery we had," said his mother, Anita Devi, who is illiterate. The family lives in a rented room in Dewas, around 40km from Indore. When her sisters knew about this, they too pitched in what little they could from time to time. "It was a very difficult time, financially. But we did everything we could," Anita said. Deepak moved to Indore in 2021, in the middle of his 12th class, and earned 92.6 percent on the state board, becoming the first in his family to graduate from high school.

During the pandemic, as classes shifted online, he was left with no choice but to request his parents for a smartphone. He clocked 13-14 hours a day in preparing for the intensely competitive JEE. And he still stays away from all forms of social media. Whenever he needs a break, he uses to play badminton or football. "Consistency is the key to success. A combination of hard work and smart work is necessary to achieve any goal," said the young achiever.

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