KOTTAYAM: Securing the second rank in the Kerala Engineering Entrance Exam hardly came as a surprise for Vedant Prakash Shenoy.
As someone who has performed well in various competitive exams right from Class X, Vedant was confident he would be placed in the top five candidates when the entrance exam results were declared. His examination-related achievements include clearing the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) while studying in Class 10, getting commendable ranks twice in the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana while studying in Plus One and Plus Two and securing sixth rank in the Common Entrance Exam for Design (CEED) of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay.
“Appearing in all the examinations, especially NTSE, gave me immense experience and confidence,” said Vedant, who is planning to join IIT-Bombay.
Setting long-term goals is not really his style. “I would like to choose Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Bombay, one of the best IITs. I secured an all-India rank of 763 in the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) and am waiting for the allotment process to proceed to know my position,” he said.
“Mechanical engineering is not my sole option, though. I will be looking for core engineering or basic physics,” he said.
He credits his parents Prakash Kumar and Sheeba Ravi, besides the teachers of Brilliant Institute, a coaching institute in Pala, for his success.
“We offered him all the support we could. His extra reading and hard work ensured a good position for him in the examination,” said Prakash Kumar, a biochemistry professor at the School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University. Sheeba Ravi, Vedant’s mother, is the District Sainik Welfare Officer, Kottayam. Vedant completed his Class X from Girideepam Bethani School, Kalathilpadi, and Class XII from K E Higher Secondary School, Mannanam.