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Bokaro boy fulfils father’s IIT dreams
- Disciplined in childhood for poor scores, Suman ranks 273 to make family proud

Suman Swarup has never been to a mall or a multiplex. Neither has he ever dined at a hotel. Huddled in a one-room rented flat at Bokaro Steel Plant residential hub in Sector IX, he preferred to be with books.

The long years of hard work, perseverance and patience paid off for the boy from a humble family when the IIT-Advanced results were announced on Thursday. Suman, who passed CBSE Class XII from Chinmaya Vidyalaya this year, ranked 273rd country-wide and 24th among the OBC candidates, fulfilling the dreams of his schoolteacher father who had made it clear that he would settle for nothing else but an IIT berth for his youngest son.

Suman’s eldest brother, Shekhar, is studying medicine in Maulana Azad Medical College, while the middle one, Shyam, is in IIT-Kharagpur.

“Soon after I started school, my father told me that as we come from a lower middle class family, the only motto of my life should be to crack IIT and only then, I should think of leading a luxurious life,” said the 18-year-old, who scored 93.5 per cent in science in CBSE Class XII.

Recalling how one incident in childhood changed his outlook towards life forever, Suman said: “I still remember that after I had barely managed to pass in Class VI final examination, my father beat me up mercilessly. It was then when my eldest brother took me to a secluded place and told me to either quit studies or excel. That one sentence changed the objective of my life.”

No wonder he dedicated his success as much to his parents, teachers and principal as his brother.

The teenager, who originally hails from Kasmar in Bokaro, said he knew all along that his life was different and unlike his peers, he wouldn’t be able to wear good clothes and own a costly laptop or mobile phone. “But I was certain about one thing — when it comes to cracking IIT entrance test, no student of my school would be able to beat me,” a proud Suman said.

Passionate about computers, Suman now wants to study computer science either at IIT-Mumbai or IIT-Kanpur. “I want to contribute in the field of computer science and take my country to the top position in this subject,” he smiled.

A big fan of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, Suman said he did not believe in studying 10-12 hours at a stretch. “Regular studies for around 90 minutes to two hours with breaks in-between is the best bet. I believe in self-study with concrete planning and management,” the achiever added.


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