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Anand Kumar


Anand Kumar (born 1 January 1973) is an Indian mathematician, educationalist and a columnist for various national and international mathematical journals and magazines. He is best known for his Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002, and which coaches economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2018, 422 out of the 480 had made it to the IITs and Discovery Channel showcased his work in a documentary. He has been invited by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to speak on his globally acclaimed effort to mentor students from the underprivileged sections for admission to IIT.

Early life

Anand Kumar was born in Patna, Bihar, India. His father was a clerk in the postal department of India. His father could not afford private schooling for his children, and Anand attended a Hindi medium government school, where he developed his deep interest in mathematics. In childhood, he studied in Patna High School Patna, Bihar. During graduation, Kumar submitted papers on number theory, which were published in Mathematical Spectrum and The Mathematical Gazette.

Kumar secured admission to Cambridge University, but could not attend because of his father’s death and his financial condition, even after looking for sponsor in 1994-1995, both in Patna and Delhi. He married Ritu Rashmi and had a son Jagat kumar.

Kumar would work on mathematics during day time and would sell papads in evenings with his mother, who had started a small business from home, to support her family. He also tutored students in maths to earn extra money. Since Patna University library did not have foreign journals, for his own study, he would travel every weekend on a six-hour train journey to Varanasi, where his younger brother, learning violin under N. Rajam, had a hostel room, so that he could work there

Teaching career and Super 30


super 30, the academy of the much-famed math wizard and about-to-be-immortalised-by-Bollywood Anand Kumar, has notched up another record. Twenty-six out of the 30 students who were trained at the institute have cracked the IIT-JEE exams. The results were published recently. In 2017, all the 30 students coached by him had cracked the JEE-Advanced examination held for admissions in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)

The organisation that trains only 30 meritorious students from mostly the underprivileged sections for the JEE exams, has so far graduated over 500 students. Most of these students here are children of taxi drivers, farmers, masons, and daily wagers, and are mostly affiliated to the Bihar School Examination Board. During the one-year-long training, Anand provides food and accommodation to all the students and his family members too, if need be. In a conversation with The Quint, he said,

It is immensely satisfying to see students from the remotest corners, where winds of development have not reached and life continues to be a struggle, competing with the best and the privileged lot.


In 1992, Kumar began teaching mathematics He rented a classroom for Rs. 500 a month, and began his own institute, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics (RSM). Within the span of year, his class grew from two students to thirty-six, and after three years there were almost 500 students enrolled. Then in early 2000, when a poor student came to him seeking coaching for IIT-JEE, who couldn’t afford the annual admission fee due to poverty, Kumar was motivated to start the Super 30 programme in 2002, for which he is now well-known.


Every May, since 2002, the Ramanujan School of Mathematics holds a competitive test to select 30 students for the Super 30 program. Many students appear at the test, and eventually he takes thirty intelligent students from economically backward sections, tutors them, and provides study materials and lodging for a year.  He prepares them for the Joint Entrance Examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). His mother, Jayanti Devi, cooks for the students, and his brother Pranav Kumar takes care of the management.

During 2003-2017, 391 students out of 450 have made it to the IITs. In 2010, all the students of Super 30 cleared IIT JEE entrance making it a three in a row for the institution. Kumar has no financial support for Super 30 from any government as well as private agencies, and manages on the tuition fee he earns from the Ramanujan Institute. After the success of Super 30 and its growing popularity, he received many offers from the private sector – both national and international companies – as well as the government for financial help, but he always refused it. He wanted to sustain Super 30 through his own efforts.  After three consecutive 30/30 results in 2008-2010, in 2011, 24 of the 30 students cleared IIT JEE. In 2012, 27 of the 30 students, in 2013, 28 out of 30 students, in 2014, 27 of the 30 students, in 2015, 25 of the 30 students, in 2016, 28 out of 30 students, in 2017, 30 out of 30 students in 2018, 26 out of 30 students cleared the prestigious IIT JEE examination . Kumar does not accept donations for the programme. His team creates the fund by organizing evening classes in Patna.










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