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Cracking the IIT-JEE (Advanced) in style

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S. Adhithyan
S. Adhithyan

S. Adhithyan from Coimbatore has cracked the Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) (Advanced) with an All-India rank of 549 in the Scheduled Caste category.

He has attended the first round of seat allocation and has selected B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering course at the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi. This IIT is his tenth choice. He plans to attend the second and third rounds of seat allocation to try his luck for a seat of higher preference, i.e. in an older IIT such as IIT-Madras or IIT-Mumbai. Though his first choice is mechanical engineering, as he wants this to be his base to pursue higher education in avionics or space science, his other interest in computer science is no degree lesser. If he gets B.Tech. computer science in another IIT in the forthcoming counselling sessions, he plans to grab it first and then decide on a suitable higher education option.

This year, only the top 1.5 lakh candidates of the IIT-JEE (main) were allowed to sit for the IIT-JEE (Advanced), and those selected were allotted seats based on category-wise all-India ranking. Having completed school from G.K.D. Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Adhithyan started coaching at the IIT Study Circle from Std. IX. For one who “ wanted to clear the IIT-JEE (Advanced) and enter any IIT”, it is a dream come true.

But the dream did not just happen. It involved the toil and sweat of Adhithyan and also his parents. At his time of elation, he, in all humility attributes his success to his parents’ support – V. Soundarapandiyan and G. Balambal, both working as Superintendents in the Customs and Central Excise office in Coimbatore – than to his hard work.

“The IIT Study Centre had an intensive coaching session every Sunday. I spent one hour or more every day studying the material. Though both of them are working, my parents were always there, to drop me or pick me up from classes, and always encouraging me, but never pushing me,” he says.

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Congratulations Adhithyan. you seem to be the only student to have
passed the iit exam this year from Coimbatore.
And guys before commenting understand that this article has been
published under city news in Coimbatore edition. When the iitjee
results are released the newspapers in the metro cities are flooded
with articles about students clearing the exam. But in a small city
like Coimbatore only a handful crack the exam every year. And this
year he is the only one to have passed the exam.So congratulations
once again Adhithyan. Just dont worry about these comments. We
coimbatoreans are proud of you.

from:  manoj
Posted on: Jul 8, 2013 at 00:27 IST

Wow! This is indeed an important piece of news. Did I just miss the
individual news items about the guys who were ranked 1-548 in reserved
category? Oh I get it, perhaps they did not crack the exam "in style"!
How cynical of me!

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 06:09 IST


As many have already pointed it out, this is not a case of a student who has "made it" against odds.

the author may want to identify cases such as that of students in the Super-30 where one is very likely to find the ideal cases of students who have "made it" despite social discrimination...

looks like hindu columns are used for self-promotion

from:  sankar
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 04:47 IST

such articles are not expected from 'THE HINDU'.Through this article you
are fantasizing the use of quota by the creamy layer of the lower caste
society.The needs to be congratulated for his success but what does
'cracking iit advanced in style' mean here,i an not able to understand.
You need to have your hands on the pulse of the nation

from:  Umang Bhatia
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 03:14 IST

I had cracked the IIT JEE with an all India rank of 3984 in 2006 in
gen category but got paper and pulp technology in IIT Roorkee. My
father had limited means to afford my education. Nonethless I am
well off even after choosing to leave it. It is high time the
reservation system is left behind. It has become more of a
guarantee than an opportunity to the reserved classes who are no
longer backward. This story just corroborates the present status of
a country which will always stay as a developing country as long as
the state continues to sponsor such policies.

from:  rama krishna
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 02:36 IST

A report published purely on alterior motives. The Hindu will never publish a report on a Brahmin student who is poor but does very well despite hardships, instead it is proud of writing about anybody from lower caste or muslim though they may be very rich.

from:  ramesh
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 22:58 IST

Unbecoming of The Hindu. Why would you even laud his success!

(1)All-India rank of 549 in the Scheduled Caste category
(2)Started coaching at the IIT Study Circle from Std. IX
(3)Parents working as Superintendents in the Customs and Central Excise.

A visually disabled guy had to move to Stanford due to lack of infrastructure at the IITs, to accommodate him. This country is going towards the dark ages. Still, let it be. I don't care much. But, I love reading The Hindu. Don't alienate your readers by changing your priorities.

from:  Sachin
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 21:39 IST

why can't his reservation be revoked? Both his parents are earning. Not many others have that advantage. How can he be disadvantaged any longer? In fact, he is disadvantaging others.

from:  T Phani
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 21:13 IST

congratulations.

from:  ravi
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 16:44 IST

Although he managed to get into IIT , so congrtazz to him..But point is that Hindu should publish the success strory of those who have made the opportunities inspite of hardships , difficulties or turmoils.
My motive is to draw the attention of government to those individuals who actually need help not those people who are already rich enough and enjoying the creamy reservation benefits. Its the stigma on curremt political and economic situation of the country.

from:  kishan
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 16:26 IST

If he is from an Agriculture background or from some village ,then we
can appreciate and celebrated this kid. His parents are well enough to
afford him whatever he asks for , he had all the resources which he
wanted. He wouldn't have spent a night without light. so, this is a
mediocre article. Suppose if he is from General or OBC category and have
scored good, then we can give some credit.

from:  kamal
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 16:21 IST

Cassic example of the shortcoming of the present caste based reservation
system.this boys mom and dad both are Superintendents in the Customs and
Central Excise office in Coimbatore.he can afford all the resources to
study ,had joined coaching in class 9th.the whole idea of reservation was to
provide a relaxation to those peoples who can't afford these coachings
and other standard education ,not to those who have sub-standard mind.
"High time reservation based on economic condition be looked into."

from:  Moses
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 15:56 IST

Such articles are not expected in Hindu. A rank of 549 in SC category
means his AIR would be around 25000 in general category. He has all the
means and still he is using SC quota???

from:  Dalidar
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 15:54 IST

My fellow Indians who commented here must have had there heart burn by reading this article on a Dalit boy getting into IIT`s when there own kins fail to get into.
This simply accounts due to their disdainful attitude towards Dalits and Adivsasi, as for these some so called "upper" castes their stories are not even worthy of being brought out in mainstream media

Sadly fellow people instead of condemning the suicide/death of a dalit boy from Tamil Nadu after inter-caste violence, choose this article to comment upon.


Kudos to HINDU for bringing the success stories from depressed sections from all over India.

from:  ASHISH KUMAR GAUTAM
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 15:05 IST

So what is the "style" here?? he started studying from class 9, where as
IIT directors are taking special steps to curb this tendency of
preparing from class 8or 9, he has no disability of any kind which made
his way harder, moreover is is not poor ...he had all the resources and
time he wanted,and then his rank is 549 in his category(and not 5 or 4
or 9

from:  sandip kumar pandey
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 13:04 IST

i appreciate this person for his hard work and dedications but this news is not a hindu's standard. its looks like a coaching centre advertisement. he took coaching and his parents are govt. servant, so there is no point to belongs from Scheduled Caste.

from:  Arvind kumar
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 13:01 IST

What is the big deal here ?
549 in SC quota is a matter not to be hyped.

from:  K Srikkanth
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 12:54 IST

what's the point of this article? Does a rank of 549 deserve a separate article in the Hindu?

from:  varun
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 12:12 IST

Whats the point in this story? I mean, there are thousands of students
who did better than him(hundreds of students of the same SC category)
and whats so stylish in this?

from:  Sunil
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 11:38 IST

I didn't find anything great inspirational in it..My
cousin too scored All - India 411 rank in General Ctegory..Should we now
expect such articles in "The Hindu"..?

from:  Manoj Kumar
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 11:30 IST

and this is news why???

from:  arvind
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 11:18 IST

Not the standard I expected from The Hindu.
A bit of research would have told you that a SC rank of 549 means that
the guy is way way below the general cutoff, which makes it mediocre by
the standards of any IIT.

from:  Chetan Sood
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 11:02 IST

Many clear JEE as he does, and he had all the resources as well, some do
without the privilege of coaching classes!!! What is so special about
this news item?

from:  Jayantika
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 10:56 IST

I would have commended his effort if he had not taken any coaching and studied on his own. (which is an impossibility altogether these days).
I want to stress that coachings are for the students from the well to do families and are out of reach of a large proportion of the population and also it further widens the urban-rural education gap and skews the results towards the people to whom coaching is an easy option.
The coaching mafia also creates a pressure among the parents to send their wards to these coachings just to give them a better 'shot' at it.
The general mindset of the parents is that if any child is unsure of her future career goals and plans just push her into a iit coaching and he/she will somehow land into some or the other engineering institution even though most of them shift into 'non-core' jobs (when they realise that they are not real engineers!)
Indian education can never become inclusive if it continues to harbour such notorious coaching institutions

from:  K.Prashant
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 10:48 IST
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