IIT-JEE’s (Mains) national topper and 8,000 other aspirants hail from Jharkhand

Ranchi: Anagh Prasad, hailing from Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, became the all India topper in the prestigious IIT-JEE mains exam this year. He scored 345 out of 360 marks.

It was a proud moment for the 18-year-old’s parents Ambresh and Deeksha Prasad, who were ecstatic about his feat.

Apart from this, nearly 8,000 engineering aspirants from Jharkhand cracked the examination — adding more feathers in the state’s cap. Almost 45,000 students from the state had appeared in the first IIT-JEE.

The exam, which was earlier known as All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), has been renamed as the JEE (main) from this year, and the pattern of the examination has changed. The advance test will be held on June 2.

Also from this year, Class XII board marks will carry 40% weightage and JEE marks will carry 60% weightage for admissions to IITs.

The marks of the IIT-JEE (Main) will decide admission to centrally-funded institutions including the reputed ones like IITs and National Institute of Technology.