Local girl Aditi got an all India rank of seven in the Joint Entrance Examination (advanced) for the Indian Institute of Technology, the result of which was announced on Thursday.
Aditi, who secured all India 7th rank in IIT entrance exam, with her family members at her residence in Jalandhar on Thursday. Pardeep Pandit/HT
Aditi, student of local Swami Sant Dass Public School, was also the topper among girls in the country. Five girls feature among the top 100. Around 1.19 lakh students had taken the test on May 25.
Aditi, who appeared in the general category, scored 314 marks out of 360 and has topped in Punjab.
She said that earlier she had got 311 marks as one of her answers remained unchecked. "When our OMR sheets with the total marks were out, I found that one of my answers, which was of three marks, was not checked. I got back to the authorities and they increased my marks," she added.
Aditi, who had secured 95.4% marks in the non-medical stream in the CBSE Class-12 examination, thanked her teachers at school and at the coaching centre Vidyamandir classes. She said she owed her success to her parents and mentors at Vidyamandir classes.
"I was preparing for the IIT entrance for the past three years. From Classes 10 to 12, I worked hard and my elder brother always encouraged me to plan my studies schedule," she added.
Daughter of professors at Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, she aspires to be a civil servant. Aditi, who secured 412 marks out of 450 in the JEE main, said she would pursue B Tech in computer science.
The online filling of choices for various courses will begin on June 20 and the first round of seat allocation will be announced on July 1. "I don't have to worry as I will get admission in IIT Delhi," said Aditi, who was sure of getting a rank in the top 15.
Her father, Dr Pratap Singh, professor, civil engineering department, NIT, Jalandhar, said he was proud of his daughter as she was the first one in the family to get admission in the IIT.