“Disability is not an obstacle to success”. Yash Avadesh Gandhi proved the saying right. He fought race, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and dysarthria to achieve in CAT-2019 92.5 percentile. Yash Avadesh Gandhi, 21, is now a student of IIM-Lucknow and has been attending online classes from his home in Mumbai.
“I face many problems with numbers. So, I had to put in extra effort, particularly in the quantitative section. It was tough, but not impossible,” he said in an interview to a local paper.
Yash needed a representative to write the written examinations. He has difficulty in walking but still manages to travels on local trains in Mumbai. He speaks with a stammer but conveys his thoughts and emotions. Yash had started preparing for CAT in July 2018. He was still in the second year of his graduation.
His hard work paid results, and after clearing the CAT, he got interview calls from several IIMs, including Kozhikode and Indore, but he chose Lucknow. He was admitted to IIM-Lucknow under the persons with disabilities quota.
Yash has cerebral palsy, dyslexia and dysarthria, a condition that weakens the muscles needed to speak. Yash’s parents have been his primary support system. “When he joined the school, he faced difficulty in learning and was not able to compete with his peers. But he picked up gradually. He has always had to work harder than normal children,” Avadhesh Gandhi, father said.
Yash did his graduation from Mithibai College in Mumbai with accounting and finance and ranked among the top five.