"I was confident of cracking the examination but didn't expect a perfect score. Similarly, making it to the Limca Book of Records was not something I ever dreamt of," Veerwal told PTI over phone from Mumbai.
Veerwal's home city of Udaipur is not more than 300 km from Kota, which is referred to as country's "coaching hub" because of large number of medical and engineering aspirants who go there for their preparations.
"I did not study for 15 hours a day, I did not go down the usual 'Kota route' for IIT preparations but consistent studies helped me a lot," he said.
Veerwal's father Pushpendra Veerwal is a nurse at the Maharana Bhupal Government Hospital in Rajasthan's Udaipur while his mother Pushpa is a government school teacher. His elder brother is pursuing MBBS from AIIMS, Jodhpur.
"All we want for our children was to study at good colleges and land up jobs that could help them in easy survival. We never pressured them to come first in class, score 90 per cent, get the top rank or bag a job that would make them millionaires.
Veerwal scored 109th rank in the JEE-Advanced. Out of the over 11.8 lakh students, who appeared for the examination for admission to various IITs and engineering colleges, around 2.2 lakh have qualified for the second and final round -- the JEE (Advanced).
Veerwal had also topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad in class 9 and bagged the top spot in the National Talent Search Examination in Class 10.
A student of MDS Senior Secondary School in Udaipur, Veerwal took coaching from Resonance institute there.
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