CHENNAI: Sarvesh Mehtani of Panchkula’s Bhavan Vidyalaya topped the Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced), countrywide, this year. Pune boy Akshat Chugh (Delhi Public School) was all-India second (with a score of 335), and Delhi’s Ananye Agarwal (Hope Hall Foundation School) was third. The merit list was announced on Sunday.
Ramya Narayanasamy, from Madhapur, Hyderabad, with an all-India rank of 35, was the topper among the girls, and Shafil Maheen of Talakkad, Kerala, bagged top place in the south zone. With 10,240 of a total of 50,455 candidates across the country, IIT-Madras zone accounted for the most successful candidates in the JEE (Advanced) test results. IIT-Bombay, with 9,893 qualifiers, was second among seven zones.
It was followed by Delhi, with 9,207 qualifiers, Kanpur (6,809), Kharagpur (6,138), Roorkee (5,050) and Guwahati (3,118), said a statement from IIT-Madras, the organising institute for JEE (Advanced) this year.
The IIT-Roorkee and IIT Delhi zones each has three candidates in the top 10 ranks, IIT-Bombay has two, and Madras and Kanpur one each. The south zone also had the largest number of qualifiers in the top 100, with a total of 29.
The gender gap on IIT campuses remains as wide as ever. While 33,358 girls registered for the exam, there were three times more boys (1.38 lakh). A total of 43,318 boys accounted for 86% of the successful candidates this year, with 7,137 girls qualifying.