In Kota, one of the country’s biggest coaching hubs for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), one family has reason to be proud. For the Meenas, residents of this small town, Friday brought the news that their son Vikas had topped in the scheduled tribe (ST) category for the Bombay zone and had secured an all-India rank of 642.
An engineer by profession himself, Kamal Meena, Vikas’ father had to struggle with his family’s meagre income and remote location to become an engineer. “I enrolled him in a coaching class when he was in Class 9 and made sure he got all the books and material he needed,” said Meena. He wants to pursue either computer science or electrical engineering at IIT-Bombay.
This year 1,417 reserved category candidates made the minimum qualifying mark of 35% from Bombay zone, including scheduled caste (SC),ST, other backward class and physically disabled candidates. This is the first time that ST candidates will not have a “prep” list, which means that there will be no additional merit list with lowered requirements as enough eligible candidates are there to fill the quota seats. For the past two years there has been no SC prep list.
SC topper Suvigya Chandra, 18, who secured an all-India rank of 812 said: “I would attend coaching classes regularly for close to 5 hours a day, and would even study at home for another four hours.”