PANAJI: In a record for the state, ten students from Goa — all from the same institute — have scored over 99 percentile at the JEE (Main) so far. This is the highest number since the new format for the exam was introduced by the national testing agency (NTA) three years ago.
Caranzalem boy Ratan Doddalingannavar was declared the state topper with 99.89 percentile. Close behind him was Porvorim resident Agrajah Bhobe, with 99.83 percentile. Manali Manjrekar, also from Porvorim, has emerged as the highest female scorer so far, with 99.73 percentile. All students said they are now focused on answering the upcoming JEE (Advanced), to get into one of the older IITs..
“I aim to join IIT-Bombay and so am focused right now on answering JEE (Advanced),” said Ratan, the son of civil engineer Manohar and former public sector employee Shobha.
The results for JEE (Main) 2021 for the February session were declared by the NTA late on Monday evening.
“When I got the answer key, I was expecting around 99 percentile, but 99.83 was quite special,” said Agrajah, the son of surgeon Dr Vardhan and anesthetist Dr Ananya.
All ten students are from Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School, Cujira.
With their exceptional scores, the ten to have attained over 99 percentile already qualify for a seat of their preference at any of the NITs and IIITs of their choice. However, they are aiming to replicate their performance at the JEE (Advanced) for one of the top preferred stream seats at the IITs.
“I want to pursue either mechanical or computer engineering, whichever one I can get. I am focusing on getting into one of the old IITs like those in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai,” said Agrajah.
The daughter of engineers Mandar and Yogita, Manali said she has her sights set on pursuing programmes in pure sciences or engineering. “It is unpredictable with JEE, and this year, fewer answered. I had expected around 99 percentile, and according to last year’s trends, it was achievable. Our school teachers were there for us at all times even though it was online learning,” she said.
Director of Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School, Vynkatesh Prabhudesai, said that online learning worked to the students’ advantage.
“This performance is a new record in Goa. Five students scoring above 99.5 percentile, especially with online classes, proves online teaching can be made super effective. We have proven this. There was no time limitation and we could be with the students any time of the day, even during very late hours,” he said.
“Learning online was actually better than regular school as we did not have to travel a lot and could save on time,” said Agrajah.