Haryana boy tops in JEE-Advanced

Haryana boy tops in JEE-Advanced

Pranav Goyal from Panchkula, Haryana, has emerged as the country's topper in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced held in May.

The second rank in the nationwide test for admission to the IITs and other elite technical institutes was grabbed by Sahil Jain from Kota in Rajasthan.

Kalash Gupta from Delhi secured the third rank in the country.

Among women, Meenal Parakh from Kota grabbed the top slot.

The joint admission board (JAB) of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) declared the results of the nationwide test on Sunday.

IIT Kanpur, which was the official organiser of the entrance test for this year, held the JEE-Advanced on May 20 for more than 1.55 lakh candidates.

For the first time, this test was held completely in online mode.

A total of 18,138 candidates, out of the 1,55,158 who appeared, qualified for the test. Of them, 2,076 were women.

"This (total number of candidates declared as qualified) is more than 1.6 times the number of seats that are being offered. A total of 11,279 seats are being offered in the IITs," the organising chairman of the JEE Advanced Shalabh, a faculty member with the IIT-Kanpur, said.

Besides, a total of 800 supernumerary seats have been created in the IITs this year, "specifically for women" to improve the gender balance in the IITs following directives of the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, he added.

Pranav emerged as the JEE-Advanced 2018 topper by scoring 337 marks out of 360 marks.

Meenal, the topper among women, scored 318 out of a total 360 marks. The organiser of the test did not share the scores of other candidates.

The cut off for the common ranking list was 35% of the total marks (360) while the cut off remained at 31.5% for the candidates belonging to the non-creamy layer of OBC (other backward class), 17.5% each for those belonging to scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST).

For all differently abled students also, the cut off was 17.5%.

As many as 8,794 candidates out of 61,380 candidates under the general category qualified for the test, while the number of OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates qualifying the test reached 3,140 out of 62,305. 

A total of 4,709 candidates out of 26,861 SC candidates qualified for the test. The number of ST candidates qualifying the test was pegged at 1,495. A total of 12,056 SC candidates appeared for the test.

Just three foreign candidates out of 881, who took the test, qualified in the JEE-Advanced.

While the number of OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) candidates qualifying the test came at 55, just nine of the PIO (person of Indian Origin) candidates passed the test.

A total of 35 PIOs took the JEE-Advanced this year.