Nishant R, who sat his IIT-JEE on April 8, is celebrating his “third rank”, Sagar has party plans in place and coaching institutes have raised the sales pitch for next year’s batch — flaunting their list of “toppers”.
The result of the admission test to the country’s biggest engineering brand — the Indian Institute of Technology — is still three days away on May 18 but for many “successful” candidates, it’s a mere formality.
Technology, a bit of innovation and some homework by coaching institutes have given aspirants a fair idea of their chances in the test, the toughest in the country.
This year, for the first time optical response sheets were put on the web, allowing students to see answer sheets, marks and even request a revaluation.
“This system was introduced mainly to bring about more transparency,” said Dr GB Reddy IIT JEE-2012 organising chairman. But it’s done more than that.
Coaching institute FIITJEE carried out a nation-wide survey to get a sense of how other students scored to lay claim to first three ranks.
Dr Reddy laughed it off, saying it was best to wait for May 18. “I would say it (ranking) is hypothetical.”
Coaching schools, however, are willing to stick their necks out. “We did an exhaustive market survey… which shows that no one has scored more than 385,” said Sameeran Choudhary of FIITJEE, claiming third rank for their student Nishanth N Kaushik.
Narayana IIT Academy made a similar claim for Nishant R, with a score of 373. “He’s is getting rank 3,” said Dr K Gopal, vice-chairman, north India operations.
So many students didn’t go to coaching schools, so how were they surveyed, PK Bansal of the Kota-based Bansal Coaching Institute, asked. That doesn’t worry Nishant, who expected to top the exam but is happy ranked “third”. What if it’s wrong? “I wouldn’t bother too much,” said the Hyderabad lad.