Indore boy Kartik Patekar claimed the sixth position in the All-India Ranking of the Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced), the results of which were declared on Sunday.
Kartik scored 295 marks out of 372. The JEE (Advanced) was conducted in two parts: Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each paper had 54 questions — 18 from each subject — and was worth 186 marks. Each subject carried 124 marks, taking the total marks to 372.
The 17-year-old had topped in the state in the JEE (Mains) with 336 out of 360 marks. “After scoring top position in the state in JEE (Mains), I’m pretty much sure about getting position in top-10 merit list in AIR,” Kartik had told HT after JEE (Mains) results were declared on April 27.
Kartik, the eldest son of Rajendra Patekar and Sangeeta Patekar, credits his parents and teachers for his success.
A student of South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) Higher Secondary School, Indore, Kartik scored 91.6% in his CBSE board exam this year and wants to join IIT-Bombay. He said his favourite subject is physics and that he hopes to make a career in research after graduation.
What is the secret to his success? “Proper time management is the key to success and just focus on one thing at a time. And that was the reason behind good marks in board exam as well as the top rank in the prestigious JEE (Advanced),” he said.
“Apart from that, I’m well aware about my weakness too and that’s helped me a lot,” he added. ”As I know I’m weak in chemistry, after JEE (Mains), I put maximum effort in chemistry. And today I’m celebrating success,” Kartik said.
With the addition of four new campuses — at Chhattisgarh, Jammu, Karnataka and Goa — the number of seats went up by 569 this year. As a result, 38.21% more candidates cleared the exam compared to last year.
This year, the JEE (Advanced) exam was organised by IIT-Guwahati, and 36,566 of the 1.5 lakh candidates have qualified for 10,575 seats at 23 IITs across the country. In 2015-16, 26,456 candidates, including 23,407 boys and 3,049 girls, had cleared the exam.