JEE (Advanced) 2017: Ashish Waiker, AIR 7, is a bird watcher and nature lover
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JEE (Advanced) 2017: Ashish Waiker, AIR 7, is a bird watcher and nature lover

Waiker is the classmate of JEE Advanced topper Sarvesh Mehtani.

education Updated: Jun 14, 2017 11:44 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
JEE Advanced topper,Ashish Waiker,Sarvesh Mehtani
All India 7 rank holder Ashish Waiker with his parents Meenakshi Sharma and Shrikant Waiker in Panchkula on June 11 ,2017.(Sant Arora/Hindustan Times)

IIT-JEE (Advanced) topper Sarvesh Mehtani’s classmate at Bhavan’s Vidyalaya, Panchkula, Ashish Waiker, has secured All India Rank (AIR) 7. Scoring 329 out of 366 in JEE (Advanced), Waiker was ranked 101 in JEE mains. He also got 93.8% in the CBSE Class 12.

Seventeen-year-old Waiker, who developed an interest birding in class 5, made sure he did not miss a single opportunity to visit a bird sanctuary. “I get a lot of inner satisfaction by observing birds and their antics,” he said.

Waiker, who like Mehtani planned to study computer science at IIT Bombay, said it was a great feeling to be ranked in the top 10 of the country. “It isn’t easy to get the top slot in such a huge competition,” he said.

Son of Army doctors, Waiker competes with self

Waiker’s parents are both colonels and eye specialists in the Army. Posted at Chandimandir’s Command Hospital till recently, they just moved to Lucknow.

Speaking about Waiker’s huge collection of books on birds, his mother, Meenakshi, 50, said he loved to photograph them too but in the last two years had been unable to actively pursue his passion because of studies. She hoped he would get back to his hobby soon.

His father Shrikant said his son never found studies to be a burden and was very particular about getting an adequate amount of sleep.“Ashish wouldn’t bother about how others performed as he competed with himself,” he said.

Small targets, big goals

Meanwhile, Patiala boy Manthan Jindal, with AIR 32, has said that hard work has been the key to his success. Studying in Chandigarh for the last two years, Jindal is also eyeing IIT Bombay for further studies.“I set small targets for myself to achieve the big goal. Time management was important,” he said.

Manthan’s father Narain Das works for the Patiala Municipal Corporation and his mother Lata Rani is a deputy manager in the State Bank of India.

First Published: Jun 11, 2017 22:33 IST