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Two from Delhi-NCR among JEE (Advanced) toppers

NEW DELHI: For the first time since 2017, no candidate from Delhi is among the 10 toppers of JEE (Advanced) this year. However, the national capital region does have two toppers from the IIT-Delhi zone — Vaibhav Raj, a resident of Ghaziabad, who has bagged all-India ranking (AIR) 3 but was studying in Kota, Rajasthan, and Keshav Agarwal of Gurugram at AIR 5.
Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), the result of which was declared on Monday, is the qualifying examination for admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) across the country.
In 2017, the Delhi topper, Ananye Agarwal, had AIR 3, and, in 2018, Kailash Gupte also bagged the same rank. Last year, Delhi’s Himanshu Gaurav Singh came second and Archit Bubna third. However, in 2016, the topper from the capital had an AIR of 19.
In the JEE (Main) result declared on September 11, among the 24 who had 100 percentile score, five were from Delhi. The JEE (Advanced) topper, Chirag Falor, had appeared from Delhi then. Falor is originally from Pune but was undertaking coaching here.
JEE (Main) is the qualifying exam for JEE (Advanced). Its score helps students get admitted to National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other engineering institutions.
R L Trikha, director of coaching institute FIITJEE, highlights that there is no direct correlation between the two exams and JEE (Advanced) requires a different understanding. “JEE (Main) is an examination that checks speed and accuracy, but analytical skill is required to solve the problems of JEE (Advanced),” Trikha said.
JEE (Main) has multiple-choice questions and now has also introduced five numerical-based questions, Trikha added. JEE (Advanced), on the other hand, has different types of questions and, “not only conceptual understanding, but deep parallel processes of analytical skills will also have to be developed to solve these problems”, he pointed out.
One of the toppers from the city in JEE (Main), Gurkirat Singh, has a 297 score in JEE (Advanced). “First of all, I want to take admission to IISC Bangalore, so I was not focusing on IITs. Also JEE (Advanced) is a six-hour exam, three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening; I had got exhausted by then,” said Singh.
In the IIT-Delhi zone, 22 students are in the top 100 and 110 in the top 500 in JEE (Advanced). The IIT-Madras zone has the highest number of students, 24, among the top 100.