Hailing from a small village in Andhra Pradesh, Naresh lost both his legs in an accident when he was a child. His father was a lorry driver and both his parents were illiterate.
Despite being wheelchair-bound, he cracked the IIT-JEE and graduated from IIT-Madras to join Google later.
This IIT-B graduate beat disability to land dream Japan job
Rajesh Sharma, who suffered from a neglected clubfoot that affects lower limbs, cracked the IIT-JEE in 2009 to get into IIT-Bombay.
Though he couldn't afford coaching, he still secured the 20th rank in the physically-disabled category.
Sharma, the son of a Jodhpur-based carpenter, later also landed his dream job in the Japanese e-commerce firm, Rakuten, during campus placements with a Rs. 32 LPA package.
Rajiv Dandotiya's journey from 39% in Class-12 to IIT-KGP
Rajiv Dandotiya, from a remote village in Rajasthan, was a below-average student who secured just 39% in Class-12.
However, he realized that education was the way to support his family and prepared for JEE.
He cracked JEE in 2002 in his third attempt and got admission to IIT-Kharagpur. He later pursued PhD and joined Maersk Drilling. He currently works for Tetra Pak in Sweden.
IIT-Patna alumnus Shivam Porwal battled a rare birth defect
Shivam Porwal, an IIT Patna alumnus, was born with missing fingers and impaired legs.
Porwal, hailing from Madhya Pradesh's Mahidpur, suffered from phocomelia syndrome, which is a rare birth defect. His father was a paan shop worker who earned Rs. 100/month.
Despite financial hardships and physical challenges, he cracked the GATE and got into IIT Patna. He later joined BSNL as a Telecom Officer.
#5: Abhishek Bhartiya from a poor background got into IIT-Kanpur
Kanpur's Abhishek Bhartiya, who came from a very poor family, used to work in the daytime and study at night. His father used to repair shoes while his mother stitched clothes. Despite financial struggles, Abhishek cracked JEE-2010 and got into IIT-Kanpur by self-study.