Local lads M. Vishwa Virinchi and Owais Khan Mohammed secured the top two ranks at the all-India level in the first-ever JEE (Main) exams, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.

Virinchi and Khan secured 345 and 341 marks respectively out of 360. Both are students from Sri Chaitanya Narayana IIT Academy. The cut-off marks for qualification to JEE (Advanced) for open category students was 110, for OBCs 70, SCs 55 and STs 45 respectively.

Sharing their success at a press conference here, B.S. Rao and P. Narayana of Sri Chaitanya and Narayana IIT Academy said that 118 students scored over 300 marks and got qualified for JEE (Advanced). They said the share of State students at the IITs would increase despite the changes. “We have decided to come together to ensure better representation for AP in IITs and also remove the negative image of corporate colleges among people,” they said.

Delta Academy director M. Srikanth said that 45 students out of 70 from their institute qualified for the JEE (Advanced) while all of them qualified for the NITs. Dr. Srikanth said the number of state students getting eligibility for the JEE (Advanced) may be around 20,000 and going by the statistics the 20 percentile issue has not affected the State students.

Students of AP Social Welfare Residential Education Institutions Society (APSWREIS) also secured good marks with as many as 84 students getting eligibility for the JEE (Advanced). Out of 110 students from APSWREIS, Nagole, 57 have cleared the test and among them 49 are boys and eight are girls.

All the qualified candidates have to apply online for JEE (Advanced) from May 8 to 13, for the test to be held on June 2.

The JEE (Main) ranking after calculating 40 per cent weightage of Intermediate exams are expected to be given in July first week. They will be eligible for NITs, IIITs and central-funded institutions in the country.

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