This year, Krati Tiwari from Indore with All India Rank (AIR) 47, is the topper among the girls who passed the JEE (Main). 2015 has seen a marginal increase in the number of girls qualifying the exam from the previous year’s 3,009. OBC topper Majji Sandeep Kumar from Vizianagaram also got an AIR of 10. Chinmaya Sahoo from Pune is the topper in the OBC and disabled category.
The IIT-Madras zone has bagged five of the top 10 merit ranks in the country. The region, which had 50 of the Top 100 rank-holders last year, saw only 28 students fall in the top list this year. The Delhi region, which had the maximum succeeding candidates last year, saw a drop in the numbers—from 6,528 to 4,511—this year.
The topper in the IIT-Bombay zone is Bharat Khandelwal, with an AIR 5. Khandelwal (17), from Delhi Public School, Ahmedabad, managed a score of 440 in the test. Based on students’ performance, the IITs brought down the cut-off from 177 (35 per cent) to 124 or 24.5 per cent of 504. Similarly, cut-offs for each subject have been revised to 7 per cent this year from 10 per cent in the previous year. The highest score, 469/504 (93.05 per cent) secured by Jagwani, despite the difficulty level of the paper, was higher than last year’s 334/360 (92.77 per cent) scored by Chitraang Murdia. Of the 26,456 candidates who have qualified, 21,156 students made it to the common merit list.
It may be mentioned that nearly 1.5 lakh students had written the exams conducted on May 24, 2015. The exams were entrance test for students seeking admission for B.E./B.Tech courses.
In 2015, Paper 1 had 262 questions and while Paper 2 had 240. Students had issues with the excessive negative marking after the exams. Under the revised pattern two negative points are given for wrong answers.