Hailing from Masaurhi, a city 30 km away from Patna, Yashwanth realised early in his life that the way to rise above his circumstances was to join the top-college and build a career as a lawyer. “Even when I was in grade 9, I used to watch new laws being made and was filled to curiosity to understand the reason and result behind them. I would want to know if it was right or wrong,” he explains.
That’s when his seniors and relatives suggested that CLAT was the way ahead. “For my family and me, clearing CLAT and securing a seat at NLSIU-Bangalore was the only goal after that. There was no alternative to Bengaluru,” he says.
Things turned bright for him when his Grade 10 board results were announced, and he had scored 92%. “I was the first person in my family to score such marks. It was unexpected, but motivating,” he says. After all, his older brother, Ajay Kumar dropped after grade 12 to help his father – Anil Kumar in his spare parts building shop.
“My older brother sacrificed so that I could study further. I don’t think any brother would do such a thing,” he adds. His mother, Pinki Devi is a homemaker.
“There were financial difficulties and they motivated me to work harder,” he says.
After his board exams, there was no turning back for Yashwanth. Heartened by his success, his father enrolled him for his PUC in Patna. Every day, Yashwant would spend four hours in travel to and from Patna. “I knew staying in Patna was not an option as it would mean economic burden on my family. There were days when the trains would be delayed or cancelled altogether and I would spend nights in railways stations. But my preparation continued,” he says adding that the journey would involve him standing 90% of the time, which he would spend revising and studying.
He would be back home tired and sleep at 10 pm, wake up at 4 am, study, help his father in his shop and again travel to Patna. “The dream to study in Bangalore kept me going. I knew I had to grow and take my family with me towards success,” he says.
He soon found out about Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) to Legal Education through Facebook and decided to apply for the scholarship. “I topped in their entrance exam and interview. It was the best thing to happen to me. In the lockdown, they helped me with online classes and support around the clock. They even recharged for my internet,” he says.
Whenever demotivated, he says the thought that there are one lakh other students studying at that very moment, pushed him to prepare. “When only 50 people end up going to Bengaluru and they might be studying at this moment, I would get restless and study. If they won’t stop, I must not,” he says.
In the entire struggle, he says his family ensured he followed his dreams no matter what. “They struggled the double amount and sacrificed a lot for me. Their faith in me helped me achieve this,” he says.
Yashwant says he is looking forward to all the possibilities in the career of law when he starts studying at to NLSIU-Bangalore. “My goal is to either become a judge or join the Indian Administrative Services after my studies,” he says.