CHENNAI: The IIT Madras Zone came out with big wins in the JEE (Advanced) examination, the results of which were out on Thursday. Students from the zone bagged five positions in the top 10 rankings and among the top 100, 50 per cent of the students were from the IIT Madras Zone.
“The IIT Madras zone students have done well in the JEE examinations this year. In the top 10 ranks, the 2, 4, 5, 9th and 10th ranks have been bagged by the IIT Madras Zone students. The number of students in the top 100 has gone up to 50,” said Chairman of the JEE examinations of IIT Madras L Prakash Sai.
Last year, the zone had only 36 students in the top 100. In Tamil Nadu, there were no students in the top 50 last year as against two this year.
The top five rank holders from the region are C Sai Chetan, R Mohit, C Jayant Shankar, N Pawan Kumar and V Yeshwant Reddy. In Tamil Nadu, the top ranker is a Chennai boy, Aniket Murhekar, who scored an all India rank of 19. This is after five years that Chennai has had a student in the top 20 ranks.
Aniket who had started preparing for the IIT (advanced) examinations since his Class Nine, points out that the training has helped him think differently. “The training that you get to solve these problems helps you think differently. Every question that you see in these examinations is a new question, one you have never seen before. So you always train your mind to put into use all the concepts that you learn every time you see something new. It is not just about getting into an IIT,” he said. Aniket, a student of FIIT-JEE of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, is planning to take up research after completing his Engineering in IIT Bombay.
Ravi Teja, with All India rank 42, comes second in the State. He is also planning to take up Computer Science or Electrical Engineering and his first choice too is IIT Bombay. He is planning to take up research. “It has been quite a challenging two years for him. I even took off from my job for the last two years. I feel really good that he has been able to make it,” said Ravi’s mother Janaki Devi.
Meanwhile, the IIT-M zone, which includes, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry, saw as many as 5,700 students qualified for the advanced examination. The online counselling will begin on Friday and go on till June 24.
“This time around, the Joint Implementation Committee of JEE (Advanced) - 2014 have decided to call twice the number in each category for the counseling. Usually this is around 1.5 to 1.75 times of the total seats available,” said the Chairman of the JEE Examinations of IIT Madras.