May 15, 2014

Two Maharishi boys among JEE toppers in Chennai

Adarsh Jain
May 4, 2014

CHENNAI: The JEE (main) results were released around midnight on Friday and Ravi Teja A V from Maharishi Vidya Mandir, with a score of 340/360, found himself among the toppers in the city.

However, despite the high score, the 17-year-old is not celebrating, saying his main goal is doing well in the JEE (advanced) exam on May 25. "I joined Maharishi with the intention of getting into an IIT," said Teja. School from 7am to 1pm and IIT coaching for three hours was his regular schedule. He revised the topics covered in the evening for at least four hours.

Asked about the new system for the entrance exam for IITs and NITs, Teja said, "I find this better as it gives you time to prepare for the advanced exam. Besides, it also makes the competition healthier."

Among the other toppers, Aravind S, also a Maharishi Vidya Mandir Student, who scored 316/360, also topped the all-India rankings in the engineering entrance conducted by Amrita University and notched up an all-India rank of 88 in Vellore Institute of Technology's entrance exam whose results were released a few days ago.

"I would like to pursue computer science or electronics and communication engineering," said Aravind. Despite spending more than two hours travelling from his home to school and back every day, Aravind said he managed to put in at least five hours a day preparing for the exam.

Tarun M of Cuddalore, who had moved to Chennai with his family four years ago as "I wanted exposure" managed a score of 307 despite not being able to attempt all questions in the mathematic paper. His target was to score at least 325 in the JEE (main), but he is now focusing on the JEE (advanced).

Aniket Muhrekar of Nagpur in Maharashtra, who scored 309, said, "The physics and mathematics papers were tricky. I made some small mistakes; else the score would have been better."

Desiring to pursue computer science from IIT Bombay or IIT Madras, he said he planned to complement his score by taking more tests. "Computers will be the strength of tomorrow. I want to be a part of the driving force," Aniket said. Aniket has qualified for the chemistry Olympiad this year and will leave for Mumbai for the orientation on May 27. "He is likely to represent India," his mother said.