IN ALL, only three students from the Tricity managed to secure ranks in the top 100 in the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, the results of which were declared on Thursday. About 200 candidates from the Tricity made it to the select list of 9,784.
Shubham Goel of Panchkula, who was placed sixth, put up the best performance, followed by Aryan Garg, placed 71st, and Gurtej Sohi, placed 80th.
Last year, only two candidates had made it to the top 100.
A resident of Sector 15, Panchkula, Shubham did his matriculation from Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, with 10 CGPA and senior secondary from Sri Guru Gobind Singh Collegiate Public School, Sector 26, with 96.7 per cent marks. He made up his mind to get into IIT when he was in class VIII and since then, all the extra-curricular activities, had come to a halt. He wishes to pursue research after studying computer science and engineering at IIT-Mumbai.
Asked about his ultimate goal, Shubham said, “My four years in the IIT will be a deciding factor. At present, I am just focusing on two things, my admission into IIT-Mumbai and, secondly, to get a gold medal in the International Chemistry Olympiad, in which I will be representing India from July 20 to July 29.”
He has cleared the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad, the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad, had got a KVPY scholarship in class XI and an NTSE scholarship in class VIII.
Son of Lt Colonel Ashwin Goel, a veterinarian posted in Ludhiana, and mother Prem Lata Goel, a teacher, Shubham said his parents and a seven-year-old sister were his biggest inspiration. He said that it was only two months before the mains exam that he started studying with much focus, spending as many as 14 hours a day. “I expected my rank somewhere on the borderline of 10, but never expected it to be the sixth,” he said.
Shubham said, “In the past three-four years, I have changed my mind four times in regard to my career. First, I wanted to be an astronaut, then I wanted to be an IAS officer, then a pilot and finally I somehow made up my mind to pursue IIT.”
Aryan, a resident of Sector 46 who got the 71st rank, did his higher secondary from St Anne’s Convent School and senior secondary from Sri Guru Gobind Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, with 92.6 per cent marks.