After his elementary school education, Ram Nath Kovind had to walk each day to Kanpur village, 8 km away, to attend junior school, as nobody in the village had a bicycle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a LLB from DAV College (affiliated with Kanpur University). After graduating in law from a Kanpur college, Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the civil services examination. He passed this exam on his third attempt, but he did not join because he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS and thus started practicing law. As an advocate, he provided free legal aid to weaker sections of society, women and the poor . He also served as the personal assistant of Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai.