Delhi’s performance in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced improved this year with a topper in the top 20 list.
Animesh Bohara from the Capital scored an All India Rank (AIR) of 19 when the results were announced on Sunday. Last year, Delhi topper Anjishnu Bose, had an AIR of 26.
The JEE Advanced is a ticket for students to get a seat in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian School of Mines (ISM). There are 22 IIT’s that take rank holders of JEE Advanced. The Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT), Rae Bareli, Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), Visakhapatnam, and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, also admit students through JEE (Advanced)
Sixteen-year-old Bohara scored 310 marks out of 360 in JEE (Main) and wants to pursue computer science engineering from Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai. He was a student of KIIT World School Pitampura and scored 94.2% marks in his class 12 CBSE exam.
“I had expected I would be in the top 50 but not an AIR of 19. I used to study eight hours a day on non-coaching days,” said Bohara.
He is fond of computer games and loves watching movies.
Followed by Bohara is Ritesh Goenka from Haryana with an AIR of 23. He scored 305 out of the total 360 JEE(Main).
The JEE (Main) Delhi topper Soumya Sharma has got an AIR rank of 24. Sharma, a student of Amity International School, Saket, also wants to study computer science, but from IIT-Delhi.
Sharma, who is proficient in speaking English and German, is currently learning Spanish.
“Due to my coaching and studies I could not learn languages that I wanted to. Immediately after the exam I enrolled myself in a Spanish course,” said Sharma.
In 2015, two students from the Delhi zone made it to the list of top 10. This year, however, only one student got into the list. A total of 5,941 students qualified in the Delhi zone this year. In 2015, a total of 4,511 had qualified the examination.
Delhi zone includes J&K, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
This year the performance of the girls seems to have dropped. Last year, Krati Tiwari a girl from Indore had an AIR of 47. This year the girl topper has an AIR of 132.
“This is all about perception of the parents which needs to change. More girls need to be encouraged to take up the profession,” said RL Trikha, director FIITJEE.
This year a total of 2 lakh student appeared for the JEE (Advanced) an increase of 50,000 from last year.