More than 1,000 students from the city have qualified for c o mi n g JEE (advanced) after qualifying the JEE (main). With city lad Hardik Verma securing 345 out of the 360 marks, Chandigarh bettered its last year’s record in the Joint Entrance Examination (main) — 2014, the result of which was declared on Saturday. In 2013, Abhijit Lavania had topped the city in the exam with 331 marks.
This year, each of the first three toppers of the tri-city improved the previous year’s benchmark. With j ust three wrong answers, Hardik topped the city with 345 marks followed by Gurkirat Singh Bajwa and Aryan Garg, who stood second and t hi rd, with 3 3 6 and 3 3 5 marks, respectively.
Vice -president of Allen Career Institute Pankaj Birla told HT that the highest score in t he country for t he J EE (main) was 355. “Chandigarh with a 345 score is certainly in the reckoning at the national level,’’ he added.
However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducted the exam, did not release any All-India ranking as the result only apprises students of the cut-off score that would make them eligible for the JEE (advanced)-2014.
In the general category, students scoring 115 and above have become eligible for the JEE (advanced). For the OBC, SC and ST categories, the cut-off score is 74, 53 and 47, respectively.
CHALLENGE STILL NOT OVER
The challenge is however yet not over all for the engineering aspirants. Those eying a d mission to t he 1 6 I ndi a n Institute of Technology (IIT) will have to score well at the JEE ( Advanced), the regis-tration of which has already begun. Those eying admission in centrally-sponsored universities, including the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and the deemed universities at the state level like PEC in Chandigarh will have to wait for the final ranking of the JEE (main), which is expected to be out by the first week of the next month.
Sanchit Verma, the local head of FIITJEE, said that the final ranking of JEE (main) will depend on students’ score in Class-12 board exam. The JEE (main) score holds 60% weight with Class-12 board score carrying 40% weight.
CITY TOPPERS ALL FOR IITS
Hardik, 17, the city topper, wants to get into IIT, Delhi. “I am preparing well. My consistency paid me well.” he told HT. A resident of Sector 49, Hardik’s parents are science teachers. “I have to perfor m equally well in JEE (advanced). Last year, Abhiji t Lavania t o pped t he JEE (Advanced) with all-India 27 rank. I have to break this record,” he said.
A native of Hoshiarpur and residing in city for l ast two years, Gurkirat Singh Bajwa, who secured the second spot, said, “JEE (main) score is kind of practice session before the JEE (advanced).
All those who have scored above 300 in JEE (main) stand a better chance to qualify for IITs.” Aryan Garg, who stood third in the city, said that the JEE (advanced) was tougher than the JEE (main). He said proper time management helped him perform well.