Family Didn’t Believe I’ve Got Rs. 1 Crore Job: Bihar Welder’s Son

Kharagpur: 21-year-old IIT Kharagpur student Vatsalya Singh Chauhan, who has landed a Rs. 1.02 Crore job with Microsoft in the US, says cracking the five-round selection process “wasn’t very difficult.” The final year student’s father works as a welder back home in Bihar’s Khagaria.

“At fist my father didn’t believe me. Once the news was confirmed, he couldn’t speak for a while,” the boy, whose father Chandra Kant Singh took loans to send him to IIT, said.


His education was mostly supported by scholarships but his father never let their meagre means get in the way whenever he needed money for his studies, Vatsalya said.

Speaking to NDTV from Kharagpur, Chauhan said on the selection process for Microsoft, “It wasn’t very difficult but I did not have such big expectations.” He went through a code writing round, a written test and then three rounds of interviews. “They were impressed in the interviews,” a confident Vatsalya, who passed Class X from a local school in Khagaria, told NDTV.

“I passed Class X from the Bihar board and I didn’t even know what the IITs were,” he said.

After Vatsalya did poorly in the IIT entrance exam in 2009, he enrolled at Kota in Rajasthan, known for its coaching classes for IIT hopefuls.

Three teachers there ensured his expenses were taken care of, according to Vatsalya’s father. “Those three teachers spotted his talent and covered all the costs,” he had told NDTV on Friday. “I just had to pay for his train tickets when he came to see us.” Mr Chauhan also said that when he visited his son in Kota, the teachers “provided us with the sort of food I could never afford at home.”

Mr Chauhan, who has five other children, said he has now sent one of his daughters to Kota to prepare for the medical entrance exam.


  1. Congratulations!! This shows the real strength of Bharatha where any person can follow his dream to success. I wish him a very successful future at Microsoft.

    @ Joker Praveena Pinto – You should learn a lesson or two from these incidents. You shouldn’t let your bitter past and Saudi-experience stop you from getting another decent job in Mangauluru.

    • You shouldn’t let your bitter past and Saudi-experience stop you from getting another decent job in Mangauluru. – Rampa

      Lol! Its YOU who knows ALL about Saudi & there you go saying that it is my “past”. But then, that is SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for a Rampa like you. 🙂

      Anyway, after all, wasn’t it YOU who was harping on & on about ‘Aadu Jeevitham’? And by using the Malayalam title, I figure that you have actually read the book as I’m positive that it has been ‘inspired’ by a real life incident – Yours!

      Good one ya Rampa. 🙂

  2. Congratulations!! This shows the real strength of Bharatha where any person can follow his dream to success. I wish him a very successful future at Microsoft.-Atheist Mr.Original Pai

    Sir,When did for BJP state of ‘Bihar’ became part of Bharatha? During just concluded Bihar assembly elections they are giving negative publicity to Nitish government as ‘Jungle Raj’. Now the same ‘Jungle Raj’ has elected son to US IT firm Microsoft.

    It [the BJP] just knows one way to win election–by communal polarisation, riots and creating religious divide. It has perfected it in the last three decades. So official machinery, its IT team, its online army, everybody is out to blow things out of proportions in states that are going to polls–Assam, West Bengal and later, UP.

    Also, states where BJP or its allies rule, won’t see negative reporting. So governments in states like Bihar would be the target. Now at least stop uploading fake pictures of mass copying.

    Jai Hind

  3. “When did for BJP state of ‘Bihar’ became part of Bharatha?” asks taqiyya artist Sharia Shaikh.

    Bihaara is an integral part of Bhaaratha. I understand how you and your group probably want to steal a section of North India (Kashmeer, Punjab, Delhi, Uttara Pradesha, Bihaara and West Bengal) and merge it with our peaceful neighbor. After all, all you care about is your ‘umma’, not Indian constitution.

  4. Hate to destroy RSS folks’ illusions but Chauhan’s success did not happen in Bharatha, the land of bow and arrow and chariots. It happened in modern India, the land of IT, missiles and satellites. Unfortunately many RSS folk have a habitual tendency of confusing fantasy with reality.

  5. Bihaara is an integral part of Bhaaratha. -Atheist Mr.Original pai

    Sir,Thanks for acknowledging ‘Bihar’ as a integral part of India. After PM Modi’s historical blunder in Patna, I was thinking Takshashila was in Bihar or shifted to Pakistan due tectonic collapse.

    Original duplicate Pai mama, BJP is part of Nitish Kumar government before they snapped the holy tie. Is BJP is part of ‘Jungle Raj’ while ruling with coalition?How do you describe the killing in ‘Vyapam scam’ in Madhya Pradesh by Shivraj singh chouhan government ‘Chambal raj’? What about CM Modi’s post Godhra carnage ‘Danga Raj’?

    Please take your Ajeerna tablet with pure Nagpur bull .

    Jai Hind

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