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St. Stephen's student bells the CAT with a perfect score of 100

delhi Updated: Jan 10, 2013 01:00 IST
HT Correspondent

Cheers broke out in DU's St Stephen's College and IIT Delhi as soon as the results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) were declared on Wednesday.

Rahul Saran, a third-year BSc Mathematics (honours) student at St Stephen's College, is among the 10 applicants who scored a 100 percentile in the competitive exam that gives students entry to MBA courses in a number of institutes across the country, including the IIMs.

Saran, however, did not want to speak about his achievement. His teachers, though, said he was a conscientious student.

"He truly deserves all the success. He is a very hard-working student and it is a wonderful feat that he has accomplished," said Nandita Narain, who teaches mathematics at the college.

At IIT Delhi, meanwhile, Sonali Garg became the highest scoring woman with a percentile of 99.99. She is joined by three other women from other parts of the country.

Garg, who is in the final year of chemical engineering programme at the top institute, said she gave the preparation for the test only a week.

"I had a very busy semester as I was also the director for an event at our annual fest. I just got a week to prepare for the test. According to me, the most important thing is focus. It is very easy for engineers to crack the test because mathematics and logic come easily to us. It is about keeping a cool head," Garg said.

Hailing from Chandigarh, Garg did her schooling from Sacred Heart School, Chandigarh, and scored 94.2% in her class 12 board examinations. She also sat for the GMAT this year and scored an impressive 730 marks out of 780.

An analysis of the results revealed that Delhi stood second in terms of city-wise performance with 168 students scoring more than 99 percentile. Mumbai ranked first with 180 candidates scoring more than 99 percentile.

Of the 10 toppers, nine come from engineering backgrounds while one - Rahul Saran - is a mathematics undergraduate student.

While the result was declared at 3am on Wednesday, students could not access it till around 5am as the server crashed, keeping the students waiting.