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JEE aspirants keep their fingers crossed ahead of results

Around 10.20 lakh students across the country who have been anxiously waiting for the results of the joint entrance examination (JEE) Main.

education Updated: Apr 29, 2017 19:22 IST
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Mainak Aggarwal (17), who sat for the JEE Main 2017 exam on April 2.
Mainak Aggarwal (17), who sat for the JEE Main 2017 exam on April 2.(Handout image)

Around 10.20 lakh students across the country who have been anxiously waiting for the results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main have started getting butterflies in their stomachs on the eve of the crucial announcement.

Here we present a sneak-peek into the mood of students in three different cities ahead of the D-Day.

ALLAHABAD

Thanks to scorching heat wave, students here devoted most of their time indoor. But the excitement and anxiety was palpable as many of them offered prayer and frantically checked with other students about the timing of the results.

Vinay Mishra, a native of Ballia, who is staying in a lodge at Katra, was keeping his fingers crossed as he would leave for his home town after the results on Thursday.

“I am hopeful that tomorrow (Thursday), I will be able to convey the good news to my parents. The expectation is high so is its weight,” he said.

Prem Kant Sahu, a resident of Kydganj locality, is both excited and nervous at the same time. The success in the JEE Main will help him realise his dream of becoming an engineer.

“I completed my class 12 from Government Inter College and studied hard for the examination. Rest is my destiny. I have left everything to almighty,” he said.

Another aspirant Mohd Iqbal appeared rather philosophical about the prospect, saying what’s done is done, as he waits for the result.

“To deal with anxiety, I switched off my cell phone to avoid calls from nervous friends and played table tennis, watched movies all through the day. I will also dine out with my family to beat anxiety.”

Dehradun

Students in Dehradun too kept their fingers crossed, a day before the results.

Anxious students were seen discussing the probable cut off at the various coaching centres in the state capital and re-checking their answers with the official answer key released by the CBSE.

“I have already calculated my marks based on the official answer key. I am now keeping my fingers crossed for the results. I’m hoping to get a good rank,” Shubham Rawat, an engineering aspirant, told HT.

“The paper was not very tough but it was quite lengthy and tricky...let’s see how much the cut off goes this time,” Disha Pant, another aspirant, who dropped a year after Class 12 to prepare for the entrance exam, told HT.

Over 5,500 students had appeared for the examinations in 11 centres in the city. As per Doon-based coaching experts, the cut off for the IIT JEE advanced phase is likely to be around 100-105 for the general category this year.

Over the years, Dehradun has evolved into a major hub of coaching centres for engineering entrance exams with students coming from different parts of Uttarakhand and adjoining states.

It is often dubbed by students and experts as ‘Kota of North.’ Kota in Rajasthan is the country’s biggest coaching hub.

Those who qualify the cut off will be eligible to sit for the next phase – JEE (Advanced) scheduled to take place on May 21 – for seeking admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other top engineering institutes.

Mumbai

Nervousness and anxiety is common before results but for most IIT aspirants, it’s the board’s response to various questions they have challenged this year that’s keeping them worried.

“I have challenged three questions from the chemistry section. If the board accepts these challenges then I stand to get 12 more marks, which will make a big difference to the final tally,” said 17-year-old Anuj Diwan, a student of IIT-ians PACE Academy, Mumbai.

He added that several students have also challenged questions in the physics section of the paper and are hoping for positive news.

However, with JEE-Mains answer booklet as well as the scanned copies of each student already released last week, most students are aware of what scores to expect.

“Almost all of us pretty much know our scores so the result will not bring any big surprise. Unless the JEE board accepts any challenges, there’ll be no surprises coming my way,” said Mainak Aggarwal (17), who sat for the exam on April 2.