Farheen Baig aspires to be one among the mere 10% population of women students at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
The 17-year-old has been working hard on physics that she claims is the only hindrance between her and the IITs. Her efforts will be tested on Sunday, April 10, the day the IIT Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) will be held in 1,051 centres in 131 cities.
The JEE is the entrance test to the 15 IITs in the country. About 4.85 lakh students will be competing for about 9,600 seats.
In Maharashtra, 21,700 students will take the test. There has been a steady rise in the number of JEE takers, making it one of the most competitive exams in the world. Only the top 2% make it to the elite institutes. Over the years, it has been seen that students from the CBSE board fare best in the JEE.
“I have always dreamed big and want to become an engineer,” said Baig, a Vikhroli resident who has studied at a BMC school and enrolled in the Ratanbhai Vallabhai College in Malad which has tied up with coaching class IITian’s Pace.
With an 81% in Class 10, Baig is the pride of her family; her mother is a homemaker and her father a tailor. “Students should be clear with their Class 12 concepts as that is what will be tested in the JEE,” said Sounak Choudhury, the JEE chairperson from IIT-Kanpur, which is organising the test this year.
This year for the first time, the IITs will put up scanned copies of answer sheets after May 25. They will be putting up model solutions on May 15. The IITs have also warned students about solutions that are put up on websites after the test.
“Solutions to JEE questions are critically reviewed after the examination in each participating IIT by a group of competent faculty which are then frozen in a group meeting of all chairmen. It has been noticed that solutions pasted on several websites quickly after the examination often lack rigour and such solutions may differ from the final version of JEE,” states the website.