KOTA/NEW DELHI/ JAIPUR: Three students belonging to a popular coaching institute in Rajasthan’s Kota secured the top three ranks in the I IT-Joint Entrance Examination as around 36,000 students cleared one of India’s toughest test son Sunday.
Jaipur’s Aman Bansal topped the exam that was taken by 200,000 aspirants, followed by Haryana’s Bhavesh Dhingra and Jaipur’s Kunal Goel.
All three were tutored at different branches of the Kota-headquartered Allen Career Institute. Bansal and Goel were enrolled at the Jaipur branch while Dhingra studied at the Chandigarh branch.
Kota’s superlative results came after seven suicides of students were reported from the coaching hub this year, including two last month. Nineteen students killed themselves last year in the riverbank town where over 200,000 aspirants prepare for engineering and medical exams.
Bansal scored 320 marks, with Dhingra and Goyal close behind with 312 and 310, respectively.
Delhi’s performance improved with Animesh Bohara at 19th position. Last year, the Delhi topper Anjishnu Bose had a rank of 26. “I had expected I would be in the top 50 but not an all-India rank of 19. I used to study eight hours a day on non-coaching days,” said Bohara.
The topper among women candidates, Riya Singh (ranked 133) also hailed from Kota. Both Bansal and Goyal want to study computer science at IIT-Mumbai.
Bansal said he never allowed negativity to creep into his mind. “There were times I had to study for 10 hours a day, but the secret lay in handling the pressure in a positive manner. I thought about nothing else but the various study materials made available to me by the coaching institute,” he said.
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 IITs that take rank holders of JEE Advanced. The entrance test was held in 132 cities across the country.
This year, IIT-Guwahati joined hands with the Joint Admission Board-2016 to hold the JEE Advanced examinations. The JEE-Advanced 2016 was conducted in two parts, each containing 54 questions worth 186 marks. The total score for the examination was 372.
About 200,000 students qualified for the exam by clearing the JEE (Mains). They appeared for the second phase on May 22.