Bihar welder’s son, studying in IIT, lands Rs 1.02 crore Microsoft job. Vatsalya Singh Chauhan, 21, who bagged the dream job, hails from Khagariya village in Bihar, where his father runs a small welding workshop. A final year computer science student at IIT-Kharagpur, Vatsalya was picked by Microsoft during a campus placement drive in December 2015.
“My 20-year-long devotion has yielded result and my dream has come true. My son i s now going out of India and I want that he should work for the country to glorify the nation’s name abroad,” said Chandra Kant Singh Chauhan, Mr. Vatsalya’s father.
Vatsalya Singh Chauhan words:
“I still remember the interview which began at 4am. The written test, a day before, continued late into the night, and I couldn’t catch a wink”.
“I went to Kota in 2009, but, midway through the preparations, I lost interest in engineering. I started reading books on mathematics and physics and wanted to write a book myself. But, when I took my first attempt at JEE in 2011 half-heartedly, I realized I had made a mistake by not studying seriously,” he said, and added that one of his mentors, Vishal Joshi, was instrumental in helping him prepare by staying at Kota for another year.
While Vatsalya had cleared JEE in his first attempt, his rank was not good and it was in his second attempt in 2012 that he cleared JEE with an All India Rank 382.
“That year, I was also the Bihar topper in AIEEE,” says Vatsalya who completed his schooling from government schools in Khagaria and Begusarai.Eldest among six siblings, 21-year-old Vatsalya will join Microsoft in October 2016 as a software engineer at Redmond in the US. His mother Renu Deviis a homemaker.
“We had taken a loan for his higher studies and we are extremely happy that he has made it so big. One of his brothers is preparing for engineering while a sister is preparing for medical entrance exam at present,” Vatsalya’s father Chandrakant Singh said. Asked about any advice for aspiring engineers, Vatsalya said, “The good thing is that the syllabus is limited. It only requires methodical study.”