City boy comes 2nd in first attempt

By Samyukta Maindarkar | TNN

New Delhi: When Nitish Srivastava’s coaching class informed him that he had secured second rank in the IIT-JEE exam, his first reaction was of complete disbelief. “Then it gradually sank in,” he says, “And it was more than a dream come true.” It was Nitish’s first attempt.

Eighteen-year-old Nitish often spent his spare time programming and designing small mobile and computer games. Having passed his class XII board exams this year, his hobby only seems to have helped his performance in them and in other competitive exams. “They’re obviously not as good as professional ones,” he hastens to add about his computer games, modestly. “I just make them for fun.”

Nitish’s road to his achievement has been one of hard work and discipline. A student of Delhi Public School R K Puram, from where he did his XI and XII, Nitish has been a 90-percenter, scoring 93.8% in class XII, and 97% in his class X board exams. He now wants to study computer engineering at IIT Kanpur.

“I worked throughout the year. I had to manage both school and coaching classes, and my own studies. But the effort has paid off. I’m happy,” says Nitish. “I was expecting a good rank, but this surpassed my expectations” he enthuses. His parents are equally proud of their son’s performance. Says his father Anil Kumar Shrivastava, “As parents, both me and his mother have always given him all the moral support that we could. But the efforts are all his own. And of course, his teachers have been instrumental in his successful performance.”

“Nitish was very focused and committed to his work. So, he was able to achieve his goal,” says C S Mishra, the coordinator for Nitish’s coaching classes at DPS RK Puram. “For a student, three things are very important: the determination to work, the right guidance from teachers on what to study out of a vast syllabus, and the support from family. Nitish had all three.”

A native of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Nitish studied till class X in Brightlands School, Dehradun, before shifting to Delhi. As a result of his efforts, Nitish can now hope to pursue his studies from any of the top institutes and colleges in the country. Nitish plans to go home to Dehradun, where his parents are staying, to celebrate his success. |

*Originally printed in The Times of India’s Delhi edition on May 31, 2007, in the Times City section