More than 250 students from the capital have aced the IIT JEE Advanced 2015, the results of which were announced on Wednesday, with Charles Rajan of Gyan Ganga International Academy becoming the city's topper with an All India Rank of 33.
The IIT JEE Advanced is not his only academic achievement, for Rajan - the son of army officer Colonel Rajan Tharu - had scored 96% in his Class 12 exams this year.
Talking to HT, his mother Dr Nisha Rajan said: "Charles is a sincere student but at the same time, he was very calm. He used to study 4-5 hours every day."
She said her son also gave equal importance to sports and used to play badminton and swimming.
"His father is an engineer in the Indian Army. As he is the son of an army officer, he has decided to choose army as his career after completing his graduation," she said.
She said her son was fond of travelling but her husband's frequent transfers irked Charles a lot as they made it difficult for him to focus on his academics.
HT was unable to contact Charles as he was out of station and was attending a camp.
Another Bhopal resident Varun Khare aced the examination with an AIR of 192.
Khare said he wanted to start his own coding company.
"I will prefer to join IIT Kanpur and will pursue a graduation in computer science engineering. Later, I will also prepare for getting into an IIM to get a management degree," he said.
The other rank holders from the city are Chinmay Talegaonkar (AIR 425), Shashwat Sinha (AIR 711), Akash Pardasani (AIR 774) and Harshit Mehrotra (AIR 831).