A total of 175 students from the city have qualified the IIT JEE (Advanced) exam held in May and are eligible to get admission to one of the 19 IITs or ISM. The results were declared Thursday morning. Approximately 700 students from the city had appeared for the exam.
According to coaching institutes, nearly 150 students had qualified last year and nearly 130 had qualified in 2013.
One Chinmay Sahoo has stood first in the country in the OBC non-creamy layer in the disability category in the JEE (Advanced) exam. Sahoo has myopia and 40 per cent impaired vision. Hailing from Odisha, he did his schooling from the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya near Shirur. He also had to overcome financial odds. Sahoo’s father is a school teacher in a primary school and looks after the family of four. “I wish to study electrical engineering at IIT Mumbai,” Sahoo said.
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A student of Aundh DAV, Karthik Mahesh from Bakliwal Tutorials, has reportedly topped in Maharashtra and secured All India Ranking (AIR) 22. Having scored 96.2 per cent in his class XII board exam, Mahesh is no bookworm. A black belt in Karate and a tennis player, he plays drums too. “I have been studying for this since class IX. I wish to pursue computer science or electrical engineering at IIT-Bombay,” he said.
Nearly 400 students from Bakliwal tutorial had appeared for the exam, out of which 225 cleared the mains and 108 cleared the advanced exam, registering a 50 per cent success ratio. “Pune students had started preparing early by joining foundation courses and also many students from other cities of Maharashtra had come in,” said Vaibhav Bakliwal.
The trend is similar across coaching institutes. At IIT Prashikshan Kendra, a 50 per cent success rate was registered. The top scorer was Sankalp Gaur with AIR 56 and 446 marks. FIIT-JEE Pune also recorded 60 per cent pass percentage and the topper was Dhruv Shah with AIR 111. At PACE institute, the top scorers were Shreyas Dole and Udayan Joshi with AIR 74 and 90 respectively. According to the institutes, the difficulty level for JEE advanced exam was higher this year which made the IITs reduce cut off percentage to 124 marks as compared to 177 in the last few years. “Only 8600 students secured over 35 per cent marks in 2015 as compared to nearly 19000 students in the previous years,” said Mangeshkar from IIT Prashikshan Kendra.