When 17-year-old Vrunda Rathi from Nashik took the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains on April 2, she had her eyes set on her prize — to get through Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore. And, the results declared on Thursday made her dream come true and secured her a seat at the institute.
Rathi bagged the All India Rank 1 among girls in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2017.
Most candidates want to score well in the JEE Main as it is their gate-pass to the Indian Institutes of Technology - premier engineering institutes in the country - but for Vrunda IIT was never the goal.
“I’ve always wanted a career in research and for that, IISc-Bangalore is where I’m headed. I have not yet decided which course I will choose but it will definitely be research oriented,” Rathi said.
Rathi scored 321 out of 360 in the JEE Mains to get an all India rank of 71.
An occasional flute player, Rathi says her focus on the JEE exams started from Class 11 but she made sure it was never all work and no play.
“I cannot study for too many hours continuously. I used to take breaks and play the flute. After taking my Class 12 exam, I started studying around six hours a day to prepare for JEE,” she said.
While most students received their scores and ranks from the JEE website, Rathi got a call from the chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), RK Chaturvedi, congratulating her on her score and rank.
“I was surprised and shocked to receive that call and just to calm my nerves I didn’t start celebrating till I saw my score on the website. I was working hard for the exam but I never expected this score,” Rathi said.
She added her plan is now is to put in more efforts for the JEE Advanced exam on May 21 and maintain her score and rank, if not get better.
Out of 10.2 lakh aspirants, around 2.20 lakh students have qualified for the JEE Advanced. The AIRs were declared along with the JEE Mains results for the first time this year.