JEE Main Results: Nashik teen Vrunda Rathi, who topped girls' rankings, to opt for IISc over IITs

Vrunda Rathi, a 17-year-old girl from Nashik, has secured first rank among girls across the country in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) results, which were announced on Thursday. But despite her stupendous achievement, she says that none of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have caught her fancy. The ultimate prize she has her sights set on is the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Bangalore's IISc was named the country's top-most institute by the HRD ministry. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Bangalore's IISc was named the country's top-most institute by the HRD ministry. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

As mentioned in an Indian Express report, Rathi scored 312 out of 360 in the JEE, which works as the common entrance exam for all engineering colleges, including IITs. It gave her an overall rank of 71, but first among girls. However, her interests lie more in research than in engineering, and so she wants to pursue a degree not from IIT but from IISC.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Rathi spoke about the strategy that she successfully employed to secure the rank. "I cannot study for too many hours continuously. I used to take breaks and play the flute. After taking my Class XII exam, I started studying around six hours a day to prepare for JEE," she said.

She further added that her plan now is to not let up on the hard work she's been putting in, and to intensify efforts to ensure she can ace the JEE Advanced exam on 21 May, try and better her score and rank. Speaking about the call that changed her life, she told Hindustan Times that it was the chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), RK Chaturvedi, who congratulated her on her score. "I was surprised and shocked to receive that call and just to calm my nerves I didn't start celebrating till I saw my score on the website. I was working hard for the exam but I never expected this score," she added.

If she does follow through on her plan of going to IISc, she would be in elite company there. As per a recent report released by the Human Resources Ministry, IISc, also the first Indian institution to make it to the top 10 in a global ranking, has been ranked at the top in the annual national rankings.

Over 11.8 lakh candidates registered for JEE (Main), of whom 2.21 lakh have qualified for JEE (Advanced). These 2.21 lakh students will now compete for 11,000 seats in the premier IITs. As mentioned in a report in The Times of India, about 20,000 more candidates were selected from the top-rankers after a policy decision by the IITs. The report also said that 68 girls featured in the top 1,000 ranks, and 466 in the top 5,000, making them 21 percent of the overall list of candidates who qualified for JEE (Advanced).

Updated Date: Apr 28, 2017 13:22 PM

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