Since announcement of the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) results last week, 18-year-old Sumith, who has ranked 38, is keeping himself busy giving lectures and helping students training for the JEE and another national-level entrance examination.

“I try my best to explain the concepts. There are some problems related to preparation (for competitive exams); I am in a better position to answer (help),” says Mr. Sumith as he is getting ready to take a class at Kuntikana-based institute on Wednesday. Apart from giving lectures, Mr. Sumith also spends time preparing test question papers for the trainees and solves problems brought before him. “Our seniors held sessions for us and I am following suit,” says Mr. Sumith.

Mr. Sumith, a student of Sharada Vidyalaya, has been the topper among the students from Karnataka who wrote the JEE Advanced Examination. With his ranking, Mr. Sumith is hopeful of pursuing computer science course in IIT Mumbai. He reasons, “Computer science involves logical thinking. IIT Mumbai’s computer science branch is the best.” Mr. Sumith is waiting for the announcement of the first list on July 1.

Mr. Sumith has been ranked third in the Common Entrance Test and seventh in the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana examination. He is among 38 students from selected from the country for the orientation-cum-selection camp for International Physics and Chemistry Olympiad held at the Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education last month.

Mr. Sumith says his preparation for the examinations was centred on understanding concepts.

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