Chitraang Murdia, who topped the IIT-JEE exam this year, wants to study computer science or electrical engineering. But, his larger goal is to go for research.
The results of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE advanced) for admission to 16 Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, were announced on Thursday.
Murdia, a resident of Udaipur, has secured 334 out of 360 marks. Aditi - from the IIT Roorkee zone - is the topper among the female candidates, securing an all-India rank of seven.
C Saichetan of Chennai and Govind Lahoti of Delhi zone have both scored 322 marks. Saichetan got more marks in maths to secure the second rank (the usual practice in case of a tie).
Topper Murdia dedicated his success to parents and teachers. His father is an alumnus of IIT Delhi.
Murdia said he would join IIT Bombay, but had not yet made up his mind on the branch of study.
"I will choose between computer science and electrical engineering," he said, adding, "My long-term goal, however, is to go for research. There is a lot of scope in research and I want to give back something to the society."
"I would prefer that (research) over a corporate job. I want to work for the poor and downtrodden class after becoming an engineer."
A student of the Delhi Public School (Udaipur), Murdia scored got 97% marks in the CBSE boards. He took only 'partial' coaching from an institute from Kota.
"Dedication, honesty and focus are more important than coaching. The key to success in IIT is to always keep your motivation high. I tried to maintain continuity in my studies. It is important to keep your inner strength in face of momentary setbacks," the 18-year-old, who studied 10-12 hours every day, said.
Murdia has also been selected for the international physics Olympiad to be held in Kazakistan in July this year.
Aditi did her boards from Swami Sant Dass Public School in Jalandhar, scoring 95.4% in her senior secondary examination. "I am planning to join computer science in IIT Delhi," she said, adding, "I may like to join the civil services."
Echoing Murdia, Aditi too said being resolute was the key to cracking the test. "The main thing is to remain highly focused throughout the two years of intensive preparations."
With inputs from Arvind Singh in Jaipur