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Sweet success: Gopi Sivakanth being greeted by his parents in Hyderabad on Monday.
Sweet success: Gopi Sivakanth being greeted by his parents in Hyderabad on Monday.

Gopi Sivakanth is all India 3rd ranker

HYDERABAD: State students reaped a rich harvest at the IIT-JEE this year and the corporate colleges improved their performance bagging majority of the ranks, including the top ranks across the categories. As many as 64,829 appeared from South Zone of which 2,426 qualified while totally 10,035 candidates have been declared qualified to seek admission for 8,295 seats in the IITs.

State’s best ranker was Gopi Sivakanth of Narayana College who bagged the third rank at the All India level in the open category and also the first rank in the OBC category. In the SC category the first and third ranks in the country were also bagged by the students of Narayana and Sri Chaitanya students respectively. The results given by various institutes indicate that State students will bag one third of the total IIT seats in the country and the institutes that admit students based on IIT ranks.

Narayana institutions chairman P. Narayana said that their students got 1,721 selections out of the 2,426 who qualified in the South zone creating a new record. He said 13 students figured in the top 100 in OC category, 23 in OBC category, 20 each in SC and ST categories and 7 in the physically challenged category.

B.S. Rao, chairman of Sri Chaitanya institutions, said they got 48 ranks in the top 100 across all categories. The best rank was T. Avinash who got third rank in SC category. He attributed the success to the newly introduced ICON concept. He also declared to offer free education to 100 children of farmers who committed suicide.

Ramaiah institute continued its good performance with 125 students out of the 150 who appeared getting seat-sure ranks. However, for the first time in the last 10 years there was no student from this institute in the top 10 ranks. Dr. Srikanth of Delta institute said 53 of the 104 students who took the test got ranks and all these students were not toppers but normal students.

The state topper Sivakanth said he was confident of figuring in the top 10. He had already bagged 1st rank in the VIT entrance test apart from getting selected for the Indian team for the Physics Olympiad.

Sravan Kumar of Narayana institutions who got 19th rank comes from a mechanic family and it didn’t deter him to achieve his goal. His father Lakshman is a mechanic who repairs electric motors in Karimnagar. He wants to join IIT-Mumbai and purse electronics.


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