A Noida student has secured third rank in this year's All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), the results of which were declared on Saturday evening.
Akshay Aggarwal, 18, scored 345 out of 360, just one number less than all India topper Sandeep Pathry of a government school in Delhi.
A student of Vishwabharti Public School, Akshay couldn't believe his friend when he got the news from him.
"My friend was breathless when he called me. I asked him to calm down first, and then he told me that I had got third rank in AIEEE," said an elated Akshay.
Akshay immediately checked the CBSE website to confirm his result.
"I got goose-bumps after reading my name in the list of top three students. I refreshed the website page twice to ensure that it was my name appearing on the place of third rank holder. It was a pleasant surprise," he said.
However, Akshay, who has got 133rd rank in IIT-JEE, wants to take admission in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
The result of IIT-JEE was declared on May 18. He has also topped in his school in CBSE board exam by scoring 95.4%.
"I am keeping all my hopes with IIT. My first preference is to get admission in IIT Delhi. If it doesn't work out, I will try for IIT Bombay. I want to pursue my career in Computer Science," he said.
With a passion to play table tennis, Akshay does not believe in having a 'back-up' plan. He had never thought of any other career option. His sister has just got admission in Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
"Our parents are very happy. It feels really nice to see them praising us all the time," said an emotional Akshay.
AIEEE was conducted by CBSE for admission to various NITs, IIITs and many state institutions offering engineering and architecture courses.
More than eleven lakh students appeared for the entrance examination from all over the country.