18 students of FIITJEE Chennai came within the top 500 ranks, 14 others figure in the top 1,000 rank list
For two years, on every weekday,V. Vipul would left home at 5.45 a.m. to make the 10-km journey to his IIT coaching centre.
The first session was either yoga or meditation exercises. He stood erect and slept. “One of the tricks that I learnt,” he says.
On Wednesday, when the IIT-JEE results were announced, he was living his dream.
After securing an overall 63rd rank and coming first in the State, Vipul said “If I had come within the top three ranks, I would have written a book titled ‘My mother's dream'”.
Day of jubilation
It was a day of jubilation for students such as Vipul, who went through the four-year integrated classroom programme of FIITJEE (Forum for IIT-JEE). Cake and confetti rained down at the felicitation function that the institute organised for its toppers on Wednesday.
As many as 177 of the 950 students, who attended FIITJEE Chennai programmes, secured ranks that make them eligible to attend the counselling session.
Approximately 10,000 general category seats are available across various IITs.
While 18 students of FIITJEE Chennai came within the top 500 ranks, 14 others figure in the top 1,000 rank list.
Vipul's father, R.S. Venkataraman, says that preparation started exactly 747 days ago, the day Vipul finished his Class X. “We took a big risk by shifting him from Matriculation Board to a CBSE school. My wife quit her job to be with him. It paid off in the end and I am really proud today,” he says.
Focus on class XII exams
He adds that though most IIT aspirants work very hard, most do not pay any attention on their Class XII exams. “I got my son two books for every subject, thinking that one will get torn by the end of the term. Both still remain brand new. He studied just for a day and somehow managed to score 94 per cent,” Mr. Venkataraman.
The State's second ranker, who is also from FIITJEE Chennai, C. Yeshwanth, says that the entrance examination for engineering and medical admissions must be revived to even out the field. “It is very difficult to score over 90 per cent in the CBSE Board. It would be better if there was a State-level entrance exam.”