It took all her will power to convert her dream into reality. With a lot of grit, 22-year-old Jyoti Sharda belled the CAT and got a call from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow.
Her's is an extraordinary story of courage because Sharda is visually impaired. She suffers from 80 per cent disability and cannot see a board or a computer screen.
She uses a magnifier to read from textbooks and wrote her CAT exam with the help of a scribe. "I used to practise with my uncle," said Sharda, who has been living independently in Delhi for the last eight years.
"During CAT, I got 40 extra minutes to complete my paper. But I could not finish my paper for Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University because I had no extra time," she said.
Sharda completed Class X from Chittore in Rajasthan. "I came to Delhi and joined Ramjas School in R K Puram.
Then I did Bachelors in Business Studies from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies," she said. Her parents, living in Rajasthan, were initially reluctant to send her alone to Delhi.
"But I persisted because I had to be independent and also do something in life. Because I could not see the board, my teachers at Career Launcher gave me individual classes and made special notes for me," said Sharda.
"My parents were speechless when I told them that I had qualified. Now I want to give my 100 per cent to the group discussion and the interview," she said.