Eight candidates from Telangana feature in the top 24, followed by five from Delhi, four from Rajasthan, three from Andhra Pradesh, two from Haryana, and one each from Gujarat and Maharashtra. Maharashtra’s girl topper Indrayani Tayade 99.97 is from Nagpur.
Swayam Shashank Chube, who stood fifth, utilised all his time to prepare for the entrance exam. After his first attempt in January, he upped his score by about 20 marks, from 276 to 296 to ace the JEE (main) with a perfect 100 percentile to become the state topper.
“The NCERT books were his Bible and Swayam made it a point to give enough time to all the three subjects, maths, physics and chemistry,” his mother Naina Chube said. The family temporarily moved from Dadar and rented an apartment in Marol as it was closer to Swayam’s classes so he would not lose time in travelling.
The JEE (mains) for admission to engineering colleges was conducted in January 202 and from September 1 to 6, amid stringent precautions and social distancing measures in view of Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the results of the JEE-Mains Paper 1 and Paper 2, the top 2.45 lakh candidates will be eligible to appear for the JEE-Advanced exam, which is a one-stop exam to get admission into the 23 premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). JEE-Advanced is scheduled to take place on September 27.