IIT results 2011: The toppers, why and how they cracked IIT examinations

May 27, 2011, 01.00am IST

PRUDHVITEJ IMMADI (AIR 1) Prudhvitej Immadi is an unusual IIT topper. He does not have stories of spending long hours devouring books and making personal sacrifices to get the top score. "I enjoyed preparing for IIT-JEE . The only tough time I had was in Class XI when I was coping with some fundamental concepts," he said. The 16-yearold is probably the youngest AIR 1 in the history of the IITs. His family has a small jewellery shop in a rural corner of Tirumala in the West Godavari belt. He intends to join IIT-Powai to study electrical engineering but Prudhvitej said he did not want to pursue a career as an engineer. He added IIT-Powai was not his destination but a brief halt en route to the civil services. He said he nursed only one ambition, to become anIAS officer. "I scored well because IIT was not the be-all and end-all of my life," he added. A student of Sri Chaitanya Junior College, Vijayawada, he was watching the IPL match even a day before the examination.

Tremendous memory helped

SHUBHAM MEHTA (AIR 2) Shubham Mehta, who came second in IIT-JEE 2011, has a tremendous ability to memorise. His teachers at the Kota coaching institute claimed he never forgot what he read. A resident of Kota, the 'Mecca' for engineering and medical aspirants, he opted for coaching after passing Class XII with 92.8%. His mother Shobha said, "Shubham is a complete bookworm. I was sure my son will be in the top 10." Shubham's sister Pooja came fifth in the All-India PMT entrance exam four years ago. But he wanted to be a computer engineer. "No one in my family cleared the JEE, so I decided to opt for IIT. I want to get admission in IIT-Powai ," he said, adding, "I want to pursue a post-graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." He is in a five-member team that will represent India in the International Physics Olympiad in July at Bangkok.

The family originally hails from village Mudki near Ferozepur where Sumegha's grandfather used to be a commission agent in the local grain market. the highest ranker from Mumbai city in the JEE. twice over SUMEGHA GARG (AIR 12) | GIRLS' TOPPER The Gargs in Punjab's Bhatinda district have reasons to be proud of their daughter Sumegha. Her brother Ankit had in 2007 bagged the sixth rank in IIT-JEE . but I never liked biology. but never thought she would top among girls. he focused all his energy on JEE. additional superintendent at Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant told TOI.6%. "Both my parents are into medicine. was also the topper in Class X from the CBSE board with 98. A student of TP Bhatia College in Kandivli. who has just graduated from IIT Delhi. Kandarp however is happy with the 13th position as well. Kandarp is also fond of classical music. Hoping to figure in the top 10. a biology teacher. "This year the cut-offs are very high at the institutes." Though studying for IIT left him with little time for anything else. Sumegha was expecting a good rank. Kandarp preferred to enroll at a city-based IIT coaching institute. said he is reliving the moment he cherished in 2007. "This is the happiest day of my life as both my children have made me proud by getting admission in IIT" . but also repeated history for her family. Her mother Urmila Devi. I am looking forward to studying computer science at IITPowai ." Father Devinder Pal. Not only did she bag the 12th rank in the IIT-JEE exam and top among girls. Ankit. While many of his peers moved to Kota for better coaching facilities. "Though earlier Sumegha wanted to be a doctor. He attributes his success to his teachers at his coaching institute and his parents. "My brother's success inspired me to pursue engineering from an IIT. thanks to the 12 marks given to all . said. later she decided to crack IIT. Lucky with 13 KANDARP KHANDWALA (AIR 13) MUMBAI TOPPER Kandarp Khandwala.Pride of the family." she said.

" he said. left her teaching job as he decided to appear for IIT-JEE . a teacher in a junior college in Kopargaon. Language no bar TANMAY RANDHAVANE (AIR 10) Two years ago when Tanmay Randhavane.students. But two years of rigorous training at a coaching institute in Kota and 13 hours of studies daily ensured success. who did his schooling from a Marathi-medium school in Kopargaon. was struggling to clear the Class XI exams in an English-medium junior college. who lives in a remote village near Shirdi. said. one of the 35 in the National Chemistry Olympiad. could not do well in Class XI as he couldn't understand the subjects in English. he never expected to beat thousands of students to get an allIndia rank of 10 in the IIT-JEE . Randhavane. a PhD in chemistry. 18. "He loves reading books on science and follows cricket religiously. is also the second topper from the OBC category. Randhavane's mother." . Tanmay. who appeared for JEE from a centre in Pune." said Tanmay. Even ambiguities in the other questions might have pushed up the percentages a bit. "I still have to work a lot on my English. Tanmay. was ecstatic on Wednesday to find his name among the top 10 candidates in IIT-JEE . His father Vitthal. I wish to study computer science from IIT-Powai .

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