Five students from the city and nearby areas made it to the top 100 of the Indian Institute of Technology, joint entrance examination (IIT-JEE) results which were declared today. More than 5.6 lakh students from the country had appeared for the 9,600 undergraduate seats in the 15 IITs.
The coveted IIT-JEE 2012 was earlier marred by controversy over two incorrect questions in its paper. The examination committee gave zero marks to the candidates for the two questions.
HT introduces the famous five who cracked the top 100: Bijoy Singh Kochar, from Mohali secured 2nd rank with 377 marks out of 401. His father AP Singh was ecstatic and chipped in for his son who was away to Mumbai for a competition, "I never saw him tense up. Since I am a child specialist I know that undue pressure only lowers the confidence of the child. I was always easy on him and let him relax when he wanted to."
Bijoy, video calling from Mumbai was over the moon: "I could not have achieved this without having a goal, so I think everyone should have one."
Anant Gupta, hailing from Rajpura, completed his education from Chandigarh and secured 7th rank with 369 marks. "I studied hard and I always wanted to crack this exam. It feels great to see my parents and friends so proud of me," said Anant.
"I had a plan and I stuck to it. I knew I could achieve my goal but being 7th is certainly an honour for me. I want to thank my parents who have always been there," said Anant.
Studied in the city, Viplov Jain from Malerkotla secured 26th rank with 353 marks.
Vikas Jain, Viplov's father spoke for his son who had gone to Delhi to participate in a competition. "Viplov's mother stayed with him in the city to help him carry on with his education. She has sacrificed a lot. I stayed back in Malerkotla and today I do not regret making this decision."
Shivam Garg from the city secured 66th rank with 333 marks. He had a quiet confidence with a graceful ease about him. "Although I studied only for 5-6 hours daily I gave 100 per cent of my concentration in that period. I knew that if I could focus I would achieve my mark," remarked Shivam, while sharing jokes with his friends who also cracked the test.
Paramdeep Singh from Jodhpur was in the city only to prepare for the exam and he secured 68th rank, also with 333 marks. Since he had returned to his native state he could not be reached but Sangita Khanna who had coached him said, "He secured a good position and I am proud of him."
The girl topper of tricity:
Sameeksha Khillan secured 731st rank and topped among girls from the tricity with 273marks. "I studied for 6-7 hours only but my mantra was studying with full concentration. It is really exciting to be the girl topper of the tricity and I would like to motivate girls to study harder next year so they could outnumber the boys," said Sameeksha flashing a victory sign.
The 15 IITs are IIT-Bhubaneshwar, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Gandhinagar, IIT-Guwahati, IIT-Hyderabad, IIT-Indore, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Madras, IIT-Mandi, IIT-Patna, IIT-Rajasthan, IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Ropar.
The institutes taking students on the basis of JEE results are Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad along with Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Indian Maritime University (TS Chanakya, Navi Mumbai, Mumbai campus, Marine Engineering & Research Institute, Kolkata, National Maritime Academy, Chennai, Marine Engineering and Research Institute, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam).