Son of autorickshaw driver cracks CAT 2016

secures seat in IIM Rohtak



Beating odds, the son of an autorickshaw driver has cracked the CAT 2016 and is set to join IIM Rohtak’s post graduate programme. Sukesh Kumar Thogaru, 25, comes from a humble background whose father ran into financial losses in business. But the financial debt failed to deter the ambitions of Thogaru. “My father was running a business which ran into losses. I was in class 3 then. We were bankrupt, and to manage expenses and pay the debt, he bought an auto and started carrying goods. It was a difficult period. Basic necessities like TV, fancy geometry box were a distant dream,” said Thogaru.

Born and brought up in Warangal, Sukesh and his elder brother focussed on their studies as they knew this is the only way they can get rid of their problems. “Despite financial constraints, my father ensured that we attend school regularly. He somehow managed to pay our fees by working day-and-night and taking loans,” he said.

Sukesh scored over 80 per cent in class 12. To make sure he doesn’t add burden to his parents, he also kept teaching students. Since Sukesh didn’t have money to fill the form of JEE and AIEEE, he appeared in EAMCET and got admission in an engineering college which is now closed. 

Thogaru’s love for electronics grew when he found satisfaction and money in repairing and selling gadgets. “During my college days, I started buying, repairing and selling phones and other electronic items of friends, much before the OLX came. I knew electronics is my real calling,” he said.

Soon he was placed as gaming testing engineer in a Pune company with a salary of 9000 per month on daily wage basis. “But the real turning point was when I started working in the Cognizant Technology Solutions. There, I experienced success like never before. Within three months of joining, I got an offer to work as a business enabler and my innovations got awards too,” he said.

Thogaru realised that marketing and operations interest him and to understand dynamics of this business, he needed to pursue MBA. “I dedicated nearly 4-5 hours every day after office for CAT preparation. I followed free YouTube channels like Takshzila Shikshak, Perfect Scores, Handa ka funda to clear my concepts,” he said.

Thogaru scored 90.74 percentile in CAT 2016 and got admission in IIM Rohtak’s PGP. “After passing from IIM, I’ll work in some company to gain confidence. I wish to start my own business in the electronic industry as I feel India is dependent on China and other countries. I hope to make India self-sufficient in electronic products,” he said