HYDERABAD: Stress-free environment and sticking to the basics did wonders to the Hyderabadi boy as he stood out among 12 lakh candidates by scoring 345 out of 360 marks and secured the highest mark in the open category in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2016.
T Sai Teja, who was staying at the Hi-Tec City residential campus of Narayana Sri Chaitanya Education society for the last few years, said "I think I got the foundation right, even at the school level my teachers were very helpful and taught me to concentrate more on concepts. My parents motivated me at every level and that helped me to keep my morale high."
He added, "The key for me is studying in a stress-free environment. It helped to grab concepts quickly. Other than this, there is nothing exceptional about my preparation."
Just like the previous years, Telugu students did exceptionally well in the JEE exam and garnered the top ranks when it comes to the Mains.
Apart from Sai Teja, K Vignesh Reddy scored the second highest mark of 340. Two students -- M Prashanth Reddy and Sai Aditya Sonthi -- scored 335, and three students, S Sai Praneeth Reddy, C Lakshminarayana and P Sai Kiran secured 330 marks. And, it is estimated that at least 50 students scored above 300 in the results released by CBSE on Wednesday evening.
In the final results, 60 pc weightage is given to JEE main marks and the remaining 40 pc of weightage is given to the board marks. The top 2 lakh students who clear the JEE-Main will be eligible to appear for the JEE Advanced the results of which will decide their entry into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country.
The JEE Advanced will be held on May 22, 2016, and the results will be declared in the month of June.
The JEE main offline exams were conducted on April 3 and online exams were conducted on April 9, 10. From Telugu states, a total of 1.4 lakhs students appeared for the exam, of which at least 22,000 students are expected to qualify for the advanced. Last year 18,000 students from Telangana and AP qualified for JEE Advanced exam.
JEE Cut-off marks:
Category/Year 2016 2015 2014 2013
General 100 105 115 113
OBC 70 70 74 70
SC 52 50 53 50
ST 48 44 47 45
This year, the cut-off mark for general students has been decreased by 5 marks and for ST students it is increased by 4.
Telugu students who scored top marks in JEE Mains
Name Hall ticket no Marks
Talluri Sai Teja 20438099 345
K Vighnesh Reddy 20439192 340
Sonthi Sai Aditya 20437512 335
M Prasanth Reddy 10209045 335
S Sai Praneeth Reddy 20438265 330
C Lakshminarayana 10414304 330
P Sai Kiran Reddy 20440311 330
Ryali Gayatri 20443542 330
P G Parimala 20445331 328
Narra Suraj 20441532 326