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Kandivli boy tops IIT-JEE list in Maharashtra

Manik Dhar, a Mumbai boy, topped Maharashtra in this year’s Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and achieved an all-India rank of eight in the results that were announced on Friday.

mumbai Updated: May 19, 2012 01:32 IST

Manik Dhar, a Mumbai boy, topped Maharashtra in this year’s Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and achieved an all-India rank of eight in the results that were announced on Friday.

The JEE is the entrance criterion for admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Dhar, a Kandivli resident and student of RN Podar School, Santacruz, scored 369 out of 401, 16 marks behind the all-India topper, Arpit Agrawal, who lives in Faridabad. “My coaching institute had helped me calculate my marks after the exam. I knew I would do well,” said Dhar, 17. “There is a lot of tension, but if you study your basics thoroughly you can do well.”

Eight of the top 100 rankers were from state. The Bombay zone (comprising Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and parts of Kar-nataka and Rajasthan) had 31 candidates in the top 100, the second highest after Madras zone (38).

The Bombay zone had the highest number of candidates (4,145) making it to the common merit list, followed by IIT-Madras zone (3,954).

“The Bombay and Madras zones generally perform the best among the seven zones,” said AV Mahajan, chairperson, JEE 2012 at IIT-B.

“This is possibly related to the higher concentration of motivated students from these areas.”

From a merit list of 18,468 students, only the top 9,720 will move to the next round of admissions.