When the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) merit list was announced on Friday, Maharashtra topper, Manik Dhar, was happy but not surprised.
Dhar, a RN Podar School student, already knew his score and had a rough idea of what his rank would be after his coaching class tabulated all its candidates’ scores.
This is the first time that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) put up Optical Response Sheets online nearly two weeks before the results were announced to allow students to check their scores and apply for rechecking if they were unhappy. As a result, candidates already knew their scores, though celebrations officially only began on Friday.
“I had figured I would do well,” said Dhar, a Kandivli resident, who secured an all India rank (AIR) of eight on the merit list.
Bombay zone had 31 of the top 100 on the merit list, with eight from Maharashtra. The zone includes Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan and Karnataka. Toppers from the zone have their eyes set on IIT-Bombay. “Bombay is my first preference but I haven’t decided which stream I would like to opt for yet,” said Megha Gupta, 18, the female topper from the state with a rank of 136. “There is a lot of hype about JEE but it is not actually that tough.” Dhar, Gupta and Devdeep Ray, the state number two, all have IIT-B as their first option. Top rankers said it was regular preparation and a thorough understanding of concepts rather than endless toil that ensured their success.
“I continued playing table-tennis for an hour every day, and even made time to play the keyboard regularly,” said Devdeep Ray, 18 who secured an all-India rank of 13, and was second in the state.
Of the 18,468 candidates on the JEE merit list, the Bombay zone had the highest number of candidates (4,145). However, the Bombay zone had the second lowest ratio of students (0.745) making it to the merit list compared to those who qualified (with the mandatory minimum of 35%). The best performing zone on this parameter was the Delhi zone with a ratio of 0.798.
Bombay zone had 166 candidates in the top 500 (compared to 147 last year) and 294 candidates in the top 1,000 (compared to 290 last year).