Sarvesh Mehtani of Bhavan Vidyalaya in Panchkula, Haryana has topped the Joint Entrance Exam (Advanced) this year. Pune boy Akshat Chugh (Delhi Public School) is second (with a score of 335), and Delhi's Ananye Agarwal has come third. The merit list was announced on Sunday .
Ramya Narayanasamy , from Hyderabad, rank 35, is the topper among girls, and Shafil Maheen of Talakkad, Kerala, bagged top place in the south zone. With 10,240 of a total of 50,455 candidates countrywide, IIT-Madras zone accounted for the most successful candidates in the JEE (Advanced) results, the institute announced on Sunday .
IIT-Bombay , with 9,893 qualifiers, was second among the 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 IITMadras, the organising institute for JEE (Advanced) this year.
The IIT-Roorkee and IITDelhi zones each has three candidates in the top 10 ranks, IIT-Bombay has two, and Madras and Kanpur one each. South zone also had largest number of qualifiers in the top 100, with a total of 29.
Around 2.2 lakh students were eligible to write the JEE (Advanced) this year, with the quota increasing by 20,000 over 2016. The number of students eligible to take the test climbed from 1.5 lakh in 2015 to 2 lakh in 2016 due to an increase in IIT seats. As many as 1.72 lakh students regis tered for the advanced round of the entrance examination, of which 1.59 lakh students -up from 1.47 lakh in 2016 -took the test for the 10,000-plus seats across the 23 IITs.
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 made up 86% of successful candidates this year as compared to 14% (7,137) girls. Seven candidates qualified under the foreign category . Despite the IITs' earmarking 1,000 slots for foreign candidates, only 598 foreign students registered for the advanced round, of which 109 appeared and seven qualified.