Gaurav Pooniwala did not even study for the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) and still secured state rank 3 in the exam. He checked his results long after they were declared.
The AIEEE results were declared on Sunday at 1pm.
This year, 11,14,880 candidates registered for the test and 10,53,832 candidates appeared for it. The test is the entrance criteria for the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs).
“I have got an All India Rank of 36 in the JEE and will be joining the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, so the AIEEE rank is not important to me,” said Pooniwala, a Vikhroli resident who is probably the highest ranker in the city. “Most toppers in AIEEE have already made it to the IITs which is always the first option.”
This year, the AIEEE —which was held on May 1 — was chaotic with the paper leaking in Kanpur and the exam being postponed by three hours. Another session was held on May 11 for those students who had other entrance tests on May 1.
But despite this, the results have been better. “This year’s performance has been better than last year’s. While the qualifying average has gone up, more students have made the cut,” said Vineet Joshi, chairperson of the CBSE board which conducts the AIEEE.
This year, the qualifying marks for the general category was 48 marks and 45 marks for the OBC category.
Aurangabad boy Shubham Lalwani secured first rank in the country in AIEEE and state topper.
Surprisingly, he secured an All India Rank of 93 in the JEE. “I made silly mistakes during the JEE and was totally drained out,” said the 17-year-old.
He will be taking admission at the IIT-Bombay. “I want either computer engineering or electrical engineering. The main trick is focusing on concepts because all entrance exams test the same concepts,” added Lalwani.