“IIT Bombay zone usually does well,” said Tom Mathew, JEE chairperson, IIT Bombay. The state topper was Nagpur’s Chandra Maloo, 17, with a rank of 43. “I am now looking forward to four years of my engineering degree,” said Maloo.
Thane boy Mohit Shah who ranked 48, was the second highest in the state. “Juggling board exams and JEE was tough, but I had started preparing for the latter from Class 11 itself,” said Shah. The highest scorer from the Bombay zone was Utkarsh Anand, who ranked fifth. In total, 4,375 candidates from the Bombay zone qualified (got ranks). However, not all will be eligible for filling in their choices and moving to the next round.
Of the candidates nationwide who are eligible for the next round, 7,436 are from the open category, 4,188 belong to the other backward classes, 2,990 to the scheduled castes and 856 to the scheduled tribes. This is the first year that candidates will have to be in the top 20 percentile of their Class 12 boards to qualify.
Candidates will now have to fill in their choices of course and institute online. The first round of allotments will be released on July 4.