Chandigarh lad Himanshu Gupta secured seventh all-India rank in the Joint Entrance Exam (advanced) and emerged as a topper in the Roorkee zone, comprising Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Himanshu, who was a student of Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, secured 429 out of 506 marks. The result was announced on Wednesday evening.
Last year, Panchkula resident Shubham Yadav had got all-India rank six and was the tricity topper.
An avid cricket fan, Himanshu credited his success to his parents and teachers. He aims at making it to the IIT Bombay in computer science. "My parents want me to take up computer science. After consulting a lot of people, I have made my mind to make a career in the same," said Himanshu.
While spelling out his success mantra, Himanshu said he studied regularly for two years. For rejuvenating himself, he preferred to watch TV and talk to his parents. His father is working in BSNL, while his mother is a housewife.
As many as 1,801 students, who had qualified JEE Main-2015, appeared for JEE (advanced) conducted at six centres in across Chandigarh for getting admission in 17 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) nationwide. It is to be noted that JEE declared 1,53,981 students eligible for JEE (advanced) from all over India, including the reserved categories.