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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

JEE Advanced result 2018: My hard work paid off, says AIR 8 Rishi Agarwal

Mumbai resident Rishi Agarwal wants to study computer science at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.

education Updated: Jun 10, 2018 13:35 IST

Shreya Bhandary, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Mumbai resident Rishi Agarwal got the eighth rank in JEE Advanced 2018.
Mumbai resident Rishi Agarwal got the eighth rank in JEE Advanced 2018.(Handout photo)

The Agarwal family in Mumbai’s Parel was brimming with excitement on Sunday morning after their oldest son Rishi passed the JEE Advanced 2018 with an All-India Rank (AIR) 8.

“I am beyond elated that my hard work got this recognition. I’ve put in a lot of efforts to ensure was up to date with the syllabus. I am very happy with my score,” said Rishi, who wants to pursue computer science course at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B).

He scored 315 marks out of 360 in the examination.

An avid reader, Rishi also participates in several sports activities, including badminton, and loves to swim.

“I also participate in karate championships regularly and that’s how I bring a balance between studies and co-curricular activities,” said Rishi, who is the Maharashtra state topper in JEE Advanced 2018.

Rishi was a student of Leelavatibai Podar School in Santacruz and completed his Class 11 and Class 12 from an integrated coaching institute in Mumbai.

“Admission to IIT-B also means I’ll be closer to my family and will get to visit them regularly,” he added.

Pranav Goyal from Panchkula in Haryana topped the JEE Advanced 2018, the examination held for admissions to the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country. He scored 337 marks.

Sahil Jain from Bundi in Rajasthan ranked second and Kailash Gupta from Delhi got the third position.

The number of students qualifying for admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has dropped this year and experts said it could be because JEE Advanced was conducted only in computer-based format this year and that there was a strict assessment of the paper.

Last year, 50,455 students qualified to apply for 10,988 seats across the 23 IITs. And in 2016, 36,500 candidates qualified in the exam held for 10,500 seats.

This year, only 18,138 students have cleared the mark and will be vying for 11,290 seats.

“Not a single question was dropped this year from the exam, which means no bonus marks were awarded to candidates. This is the main reason why the number of students qualifying the exam is controlled at 18,138 this year,” said a senior official at the JEE Advanced organising chairperson’s office.

Last year, the examination authority awarded 18 bonus marks to students due to errors in questions or answers and it had given the much-needed push to thousands of candidates.

“Special thanks go to our expert committee of professors who put together the question paper this year, and ensured it was error-free,” added the official.