Mumbai tops IIT-JEE!

With 2,235 students, Mumbai has the maximum number of candidates qualifying for the entrance examination

K A Dodhiya

Harsh Pareek scored the highest among the 45,246 students in Mumbai zone

The results of the all-India Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), that were held in April, were declared on Wednesday with Harsh Pareeka, student from Vile Parle’s Sathaye College, topping from the Mumbai zone. Pareek scored the highest among the 45,246 students who appeared for the exams in this zone. Among the number of qualified candidates, Mumbai zone topped the list with 2,235 students. Last year only 1,800 students qualified from the zone. Pareek’s all-India ranking is 8.

According to a senior IIT-JEE official, the change in the pattern of the question paper and better understanding of concepts by students helped. However, Pareek said that the only difference was that this year the pattern was objective. “The IIT-JEE exams are based on logic… Also questions were practical. The paper tests a student’s comprehension and application skills. Hence, though the questions were objective they were in no way easier…,” he said.

More coaching classes helped

Referring to the city’s high pass percentage the IIT-JEE official said the increasing number of coaching classes played a major role in turning the tables. “Earlier, there were very few coaching classes … but now it is different and this has reflected in the city’s results,” he said. Officials added that select students who are capable, but didn’t get admission this year will be put through a year long training after which they will be able to get admission to IIT.

  Topper’s tips 

•  Study the recommended NCERT books

•  Try to understand the concepts. Don’t depend on learning by rote. The JEE-IIT is designed to test your analytical and comprehensive capabilities

•  Pay attention to data given in question and realise whether it is sufficient for the answer

•  Questions are tricky, not tough

•  Solve papers from previous years

•  Don’t panic on seeing changes in the pattern of the examination, only the presentation has changed.

•  Re-read the question if you do not arrive at the options given. The questions cannot be wrong

•  Preparations for IIT is not different from other exams. It is just a detailed and in-depth study of concepts one has learnt

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