The fate of the 200,000 students who qualified for the JEE-Advanced exam will be revealed as the results are declared on Sunday.
Students who cleared the JEE-Mains, the first phase of the two-phase IIT-Joint Entrance Examinations, were eligible to sit for the JEE-Advanced examination conducted by IIT Guwahati on May 22. The performance of a candidate in JEE-Advanced will form the basis for admission to the Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Dual Degree programs (entry at the 10+2 level) in all the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and the Indian School of Maines (ISM).
A heady mix of excitement and anxiety prevails in the city of Sangam. “The pressure builds up gradually after announcement of date of declaration of results,” said Ujjawal Shukla, who completed his Class 12 from Golden Jubilee Inter College with 93%. “But a day before the results, the countdown begins. It happened with me in my Class 10 and 12 examinations also.”
Shivangi Jaiswal, who completed her Class 12 from Girls High School and College with 94.75% marks, shares the feeling although she has cleared other entrance examinations, including that of Uttar Pradesh Technical University. “I am nervous as well as excited. Keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow,” she said.
But not everyone in Allahabad is anxious. Vibhu Tripathi, who did his Class 12 from Jwala Devi Inter College, sounds confident: “I do not think much of results. What I had written would reflect in my results.”
Harshit Chaudhary, 19, is a confident lad a day before the results, watching a football match in his home in Dehradun.
“I scored 252 in Mains and am expecting a higher score in Advanced. I am confident and so chilling out,” he said.
But not everyone is as relaxed. “I am nervous about the result and so browsed history, locations and courses offered by all IITs,” said Aastha, an aspirant.
Some students visited their teachers to seek their blessings, while other kept themselves occupied with other tasks. “I just visited my professor at the coaching institute and we revised the question paper together. I need their blessings to clear this stage,” said Purohit Mishra.
There were many who chose to visit tourist spots such as Bhatta Falls, Mussoorie, Lacchiwala, Rober’s Cave and others to beat the blues. “There’s no point worrying about the result and so I am going to visit a few places near the city with friends today,” said Akshita.
Even before the results are declared, a number of candidates are already confident about how much they’ll score, after comparing their answers with the answer keys. What they remain unsure is their rank.
Divyanshu Saxena, an IIT aspirant, is confident of scoring 257 marks. He said given that the paper was a bit tough and lengthy, it is difficult to predict the rank. “If I get ranked under 60, I will get computer science in Bombay, else I will study at IIT Delhi,” said Saxena, a student of City Montessori School and who scored 277 marks in JEE-Mains.
A reserved category student, Ashutosh Verma is expecting 228 marks but is hopeful to get computer science either at IIT Bombay or Delhi.
Samridh Joshi, who topped in JEE Mains and in the State Entrance Examination conducted by AKTU in Lucknow, said he could not do well in Advanced 2016 and is likely to score a little over 205. “I only concentrated on Advanced. I could have scored more but somehow I could not do that well,” he said.
JNV Lucknow has a good track record of students cracking the prestigious exam. In 2014, 47 out of the 50 students cracked JEE Mains while 34 cleared JEE Advanced. However, in 2015 only eight students cracked the exam. This year, all eyes are on school topper in JEE Mains, Amit Yadav, who scored 210 marks.
“I have high expectations with JEE-Advanced result,” said Dinkar Anand, who hopes to clear the exam on his second attempt. “The examination had gone nicely and I expect to get good marks. But it remains to be seen what the cut-off would be. I prefer admission to IIT-Kanpur.”
Some students prepared themselves for the off chance if they fail to qualify.
“I expect to qualify in the examination. However, whether I would get a good rank will be known later. My preferred IITs are IIT-Kanpur or IIT-Kharagpur,” said Araish Aftab. “If I do not get a good rank to qualify in them, I would wait for the All India rank list based on JEE-Mains score and seek admission in an NIT, preferably NIT-Warangal or NIT-Trichy.”
Nandita Das, whose daughter, Shruti Priya, is expecting the results on Sunday, said she was nervous as well: “My daughter had suffered a bit due to my medical problems and her examination had not gone as well as it was supposed to. She wants to pursue research from IISc, Bengaluru, but she told us that she might not qualify for it. Nevertheless, we are confident she would qualify for a good IIT.”
Close to 500 students from Ranchi cleared the JEE-Mains and many are now hopeful of clearing the Advanced too. Shreya Surbhi, who passed her Class 12 exams from Delhi Public School Ranchi said she is only focusing on the results and not thinking about the future.
“I haven’t yet decided on the branch of engineering that I would like to take up. But preferably I am hoping to get into one of the IITs,” said Surbhi.
Another engineering aspirant, Pritish too wants to secure a berth at the IITs and wants to take up computer science. “I am positive of achieving a good score tomorrow and hope that my hard work pays off,” said Pritish, who completed his schooling from Bridgeford School, is confident of achieving a good rank. He scored 234 marks in JEE-Mains.
Apart from the JEE, Pritish also appeared for the entrance exam for Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS).
(Inputs from Kenneth John, Nihi Sharma, Rajeev Mullick, Anish, Saumya Mishra)