She was married off at age of eight, but that never deterred her from pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. Rupa Yadav has set a milestone for girls of her age by cracking the coveted National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET 2017), results for which were declared in June.
Youngest among five siblings, Rupa was in Class III when she was married off along with her elder sister Rukma. Daughter of a poor farmer of Kareri village of Chomu, near Jaipur, Rupa was married at the tender age of eight to Shankar Lal aged 12 in 1996. Child marriage used to be a widely prevalent custom in Rajasthan those days. Although not completely eradicated, one does not hear much about it these days.
In the Class 10 exam she scored 84 per cent marks. Everyone, including our people near us and relatives, told my in-laws to let me continue my education and they agreed. I am very thankful for their support,” she said.
She got admission in the private school but during her 11th class she couldn’t be regular with her school due to her household responsibilities. Talking about the struggle of going to school there, Rupa said “I used to participate in all the household work. My school was 6 Kms away from my village and to reach there I had to reach the station 3 kms away from my village and then from there I used to board a bus for the next 3 kms to reach my school.
Rupa proved her determination again by scoring 84 per cent in Class 12 exam. Rupa said that she decided to become a doctor when her uncle Bhimaram Yadav died of cardiac arrest due to lack of medical assistance. The same year, she enrolled herself for a B.Sc course and also appeared for the AIPMT examination, and scored 415 marks with AIR 23,000.
“Though I did not qualify for a good government medical college, the AIPMT marks encouraged my husband and brother-in-law to send me to Kota for preparing for MBBS entrance test,” Rupa said.
In 2015, Rupa joined Allen Career Institute for the coaching.To meet the expenses of coaching and accommodation in Kota,“My in-laws, like my parents, are farmers.The income from farming is meagre. So, my husband Shankar Lal and brother-in-law Babu Lal, besides farming, did extra job of driving auto in their area. my education,” said Rupa.
In 2016, Rupa scored 506 but missed the admission to a reputable medical college by a whisker. Undeterred Rupa decided to give it another try.
This time Allen Career Institute recognising her talent and zeal waived off 75% fee as scholarship and finally Rupa proved by securing an all-India rank of 2,612 — scoring 603 out of 720 in this year’s National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET).
“Studying in Kota made me confident and positive which paved my way to achieve my dream”, Rupa said.
Appreciating Rupa’s efforts, Naveen Maheshwari, director of Allen Career Institute, announced that the institute has decided to offer her scholarship for next four years for MBBS studies.
Rupa’s husband Shankar,has done BA and who is into farming with his brother on the family’s 13 acre, is happy to stand by his wife’s decisions.