Sharvik Mittal topped the Kanpur zone of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016, the result of which was declared on Sunday.
“Cracking JEE Advanced and topping from IIT Kanpur zone was like a dream come true. I want to pursue computer science from IIT Mumbai,” Sharvik, who got an All India Rank of 29, said.
Aman Bansal of Jaipur topped the exam, Bhavesh Dhingra of Yamuna Nagar grabbed the second rank and Kunal Goyal from Jaipur stood third. Kota’s Riya Singh was the topper among girls with an All India Rank (AIR) of 133.
The 18-year-old Bhopal boy said he aspired to become a computer science engineer since he was a child and loves computer programming. He completed his Class 12 from Bhopal’s Delhi Public School this year and secured 98.8%.
Sharvik, a son of a chartered accountant father and homemaker mother, said physics, mathematics and chemistry are his favourite subjects and he studied for 7-8 hours daily to clear the all India common engineering entrance examination.
“Student must do a balancing act between JEE and Class 12 examinations. If you got the balance right, you can clear JEE with ease. But one must stay focused,” he said.
The Bhopal boy said that the NCERT syllabus is quite comprehensive and helps students to prepare well for JEE Mains and Advanced examinations. And a little bit of coaching and mock practice teach students a great deal about time management during the examination.
Sharvik loves to read novels and play football. “It energises me and helps me to stay focus on my studies,” he said.
His proud father Rajesh Mittal said the entire family is very happy about Sharvik’s achievement.
He has also been selected for the International Chemistry Olympiad after clearing the national-level Chemistry Olympiad. It was conducted by Mumbai’s Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education from April 13 to 22 this year. In all, 36 students participated from all over the country.
On the basis of theory and practical tests, four students were selected and will represent India at the International Chemistry Olympiad starting August 1 in Georgia, Atlanta. Students from more than 80 countries will participate.
“But now I’m really not sure if I will be able to take part because the date will coincide with my counselling date,” he said.
As many as 4,443 candidates from IIT Kanpur zone have successfully qualified in the exams, Amit Mitra, vice-chairperson of JEE (Advanced) 2016, IIT Kanpur, said.
The zone stood fifth among seven zones with IIT Bombay topping the chart where 8,810 candidates qualified followed by IIT Madras with 6,702 students and IIT Delhi grabbed the third spot with 5,941 candidates clearing the examination.
A total of 36,566 candidates qualified including 31,996 boys and 4,570 girls.