Two Delhi boys secured the second and third position in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main examinations, the results of which were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday.
Vasu Jain, who came second, scored 350 out of 360, while Ananye Agarwal, who also got the same score, secured the third position. To break the tie, CBSE ranked them on the basis of marks scored in physics, chemistry and mathematics.
Over 10.2 lakh students took the exams at 1,781 centres across India on April 2, 8, and 9. The exams are conducted for admission to various engineering colleges, including the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Kalpit Veerval, hailing from Udaipur in Rajasthan, secured the first position with a perfect 100% score.
Jain, who is yet to turn 18 and comes from a family of doctors, is a student of Modern School, Barakhamba. Talking about the result, he said, “This has come as a surprise for me. I had expected my ranks in double digit but not the second rank.”
Jain, who loves reading novels and comics, is still uncertain about what course he wants to pursue after getting admission into IIT. “Right now I am just focussing on giving my JEE Advance. Then I shall decide what I want to do,” he added. He is passionate about mathematics and chemistry and is open to the idea of studying in other parts of the country.
Agarwal, 18, is a student of Hope Hall Foundation School in RK Puram. “I had not expected that I will get the third rank, so this has come as a great surprise,” he said.
Agarwal, who belongs to a family of doctors and engineers, wants to study computer science at IIT-Delhi. “I have great interest in physics so engineering was the obvious choice,” he said, adding, he studied for at least eight hours every day.
Around 2.21 lakh students, who have cleared the Mains, will now sit for the JEE (Advanced) which will be held on May 21 for around 11,000 seats across 18 IITs in the country.
Cut-off scores for appearing in the JEE Advanced 2017 have also been made public. This has come down from 100 in 2016 to 81 for general candidates, 49 for OBC, 32 for Schedule Caste and 27 for Schedule Tribe.
“In absolute terms, the cutoff has come down compared to 2016 but relatively it is at around 115. This number has come down because there are 20,000 more students who qualified to sit for JEE (Advanced),” said RL Trikha, director FITJEE.
The All India Rank scored in JEE Main is also used for admissions through Central Seat Allocation Board to National Institute of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), Centrally Funded Technical Institute (CFTI), Self-Financed Institutes (SFIs), and other institutes.
Bringing in change, from this year, Class 12 marks will not be given weightage in calculating the JEE Main final rank. The Class 12 marks will just be an eligibility criteria where student should have secured 75% marks in his/her board examination or be in the top 20 percentile.