At least 14 students from Mangalore have cleared this year's Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE). Of them, two have been ranked within 2,000, according to sources.

The results of the examination were declared on Thursday.

The successful students are (with ranks in brackets): Sudhanva Bhat of Sharada Pre-University College (1,134,), Rakesh N. Rao from St. Aloysius PU College (1,837), Abhishek R. K. of Canara PU College (7063); Abhijith K.C. of Lourdes Central School (7,399); Ashish Dhara of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, (8852); Akhil Kishan of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, (9,122); Aditya Madhusudhan of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, (8,987); N Subhash of Govinda Dasa PU College (10,771); Chethana of Canara PU College (1,901); Manasa Bhat of Canara PU College (10,834); Nathan Pereira from Lourdes Central School (11,663); Abhijith N. of Canara PU College (12,617); Akash S. Kottary of Canara PU College (3,520) and Bobitto Pavithran of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 (2,798).

Sudhanva Bhat told The Hindu that despite getting the choicest of the IITs (Chennai and Mumbai), he wants to study pure science in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

He said: “I don't want to do engineering.” Everybody runs after engineering in India and ends up working in a bank or a company, but there is a need to let people know that Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, has good (better than IITs) opportunity for those interested in research in pure science, he said. Since he has also cleared the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), he is hopeful of getting a place in IISc.

Rakesh N Rao said though he is likely to get a seat in aerospace engineering in IIT, his first preference is pursuing an integrated B.Tech and M.Tech course in mechanical engineering.

He could have opted for research but he likes engineering, he said.

The IIT-JEE examination that he wrote was “not standard”. One, it was out of 401 instead of the usual 480 marks, (as questions worth seven marks were removed due to ambiguity). Two, instead of being worked out, some of the answers could be guessed by eliminating unlikely options. Since it was easy, it was all the more competitive, he said.

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