Abhay Karandikar, IIT Kanpur director.
NEW DELHI: The results of the JEE (Advanced) were announced on Sunday morning, but even before they were known publicly, a Hindi daily published the name of the topper, Pranav Goyal. IIT Kanpur — which organised the exam — ordered a probe into allegations that the result had been leaked.
Goyal was declared the all-India topper in the exam for 11,279 seats in 23 IITs and some other premier institutes of technology in the country.
The Mohali-Panchkula edition of a Hindi newspaper, printed on Saturday evening, carried a report that said Goyal, who scored 337 out of 360 marks, held the first rank. Sources in the daily said they got the information from the coaching institute in which Goyal studied.
The authorities at IIT, Kanpur said they were looking into how the report was carried so boldly, but also maintained that with the exam fully online this year and answer keys published, it was possible for students to know their marks and guess their ranks.
“We are looking into the charges to rule out the possibility of any foul play. But people have to understand that the format of JEE (Advanced) is different from other entrance tests,” Abhay Karandikar, IIT Kanpur director told TNIE. “We published answer keys a week after the test on May 20, and a week later, answer scripts were sent to candidates individually via e-mail, so all students already knew their marks.”
“In such a scenario, anyone who knew he scored 337 marks could have hoped to be a topper; but still, if a particular coaching institute has claimed such a thing in a newspaper report, we will investigate the matter,” said Karandikar.
Other authorities in the examination organising committee pointed out while Goyal turned out to be the topper, the name of the candidate who was claimed to have secured the second rank did not match when the results came out.