The results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced exam were announced on Thursday. The exam, which was administered across the country on May 25 with a new pattern, is the passport to admissions to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

A total of 27,151 candidates of the 1,26,997 who registered qualified the exam, said an official release.

In Karnataka, Saurabh Pinjani, with an all India rank (AIR) of 78, was one of the top rankers. The science student from AECS Maruthi Magnolia Public School, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore, secured 96.8 in the CBSE Class 12 exams. His Common Entrance Test (CET) rank was nine.

“I prepared mainly for the JEE and scored 325 out of 360 in the JEE Mains. So I can get into any of the courses offered at the National Institute of Technology. But I would like to go to IIT Bombay to study electrical engineering, though I have not fully decided on a course,” said Saurabh, whose parents are Central government employees.

Srinidhi Prabhu, the CET first ranker from Narayana PU College, C.V. Raman Nagar, Bangalore, secured an all India rank of 133 in the JEE Advanced. He is looking at studying computer science engineering at IIT Bombay, with the IITs at Chennai and New Delhi being his next two choices.

To a question on whether he wants to utilise the option of tuition fee reimbursement that the top five rankers are being offered by the State government if they studied in Karnataka, he maintained that an IIT was his first choice. Raunaq Bhirangi, a student of Chethana PU College, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore, secured an all India rank of 348. The second rank holder in CET plans to choose IIT Delhi or Bombay to study electricals, computer science or mechanical engineering.