A total number of 4,79,651 candidates appeared for both papers of the exam on April 8

Delhi-based Arpit Agrawal, who came as all-India number one in IIT-JEE on Friday, revealed some of the secrets of his success to The Hindu.

“I watched a movie the day before my exam,” he said. But it required some coaxing to get the movie's title out of him. “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. But I really wish you don't print that,” he laughs. “I was definitely lucky that it was on TV. It was loaded with so many emotions [that all the tension of the exam was driven from my mind].”

A student of Modern Vidya Niketan in Faridabad, Arpit says he does not believe that topping the exams comes down to the number of hours of preparation. “Everyone require different hours to prepare. The best way is to revise what you learn on the same day.”

Yet to decide on course

He says he is yet to decide which course or IIT branch he will opt for. “Tentatively, I am thinking about Computer Science Engineering in IIT-Delhi. But I'm also considering IIT-Bombay's electrical engineering course.”

His father, O.P. Agrawal, an assistant engineer with the Central Public Works Department, is thrilled with Arpit's result. He is keen that his son goes to IIT-Delhi.

A total number of 4,79,651 candidates appeared for both papers of the exam, which was conducted on April 8. Of the total, 24,112 have secured ranks in various categories and 17,462 shortlisted for counselling for admission to 9,647 seats in the 15 IITs, IT-BHU, Varanasi, and Indian School of Mines-Dhanbad.

“We are not going to call everyone who got a rank. The number of people who will go in for counselling are more than twice the number of available seats,” said JEE-Chairman G.D. Reddy.

“Anyone who got a rank between 9,723 to 18,000 will not be called in for counselling. However, institutes like the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will admit candidates based on IIT-JEE results,” he said.

This year, 1,50,431 girls appeared in both papers of IIT-JEE, out of which 2,886 secured ranks and the first 1,908 were shortlisted for counselling.

“Online counselling began at noon on Friday. Shortlisted candidates are not required to report in person to any of the institutes for counselling,” said Mr. Reddy, adding that the candidate would be eligible on payment of the counselling fee of Rs.500.

“The last day to fill the choice of courses is 5 p.m. on June 10.”

While the first seat allotments would be made on June 14, the second round would be released on June 25. The third and final rounds would be done on July 6.

“For the first time this year, an opportunity is provided to withdraw the accepted seat before the final round of the allotment. Candidates will be reimbursed for the same and will be permitted to write the exam next year,” said Mr. Reddy.