26/07/2017 1:20 PM IST | Updated 26/07/2017 1:23 PM IST

How An Autorickshaw Driver's Son From Telangana Cracked CAT To Study In IIM Rohtak

"We've been waiting for this break in my career."

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Sukesh Kumar Thogaru was in class 3 when his father lost his business and went into debt. Making ends meet by driving an autorickshaw, he never let his sons--Sukesh and his elder brother Suresh--stop going to school, even as they let go of small luxuries like a television set.

"He somehow managed to pay our fees by working day-and-night and taking loans," Sukesh told The Indian Express in an interview. He told the newspaper how he began giving tuition classes to help his father with expenses, and later repaired electronic items for his friends to make money as he studied engineering.

The Warangal native reportedly found a job as a gaming test engineer in Pune, and later worked in another company where he was given opportunities to innovate and give business solutions. Each day after work, the 25-year-old would spend five to six hours studying for the CAT exam through free online tutorials.

He appeared for the CAT exam last year, and got 90.74 percentile. This June, he was admitted to IIM Rohtak's post graduate program alongwith 259 others, and hopes to start his own business some day.

Sukesh is paying for his two-year course--about ₹11,55,000 according to the college's website--on his own with an education loan, he told HuffPost India. "We've been waiting for this break in my career," he said, referring to his family's reaction to his admission. "I can't put into words, they were so happy."

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