Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Children from various schools in the city took part in FORTUNATE-40, an examination conducted by FIITJEE and The Hindu-EducationPlus here on Sunday to help deserving students from economically weaker sections of society to get admission to the Indian Institutes of Technology.

The day-long examination, divided into two sessions, from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., tested the candidates’ aptitude in general knowledge and reasoning, along with their proficiency in academic subjects, such as physics, chemistry and mathematics.

The examination held at the Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Cotton Hill, was open to students from classes VIII and X aiming to take the Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-JEE) in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The results will be announced in December.

The candidates who clear the examination will be eligible for admission at Maharishi International Residential School, Santhavelur, Sunguvarchatram, Sriperumbudur.

The students will receive a 100 per cent scholarship on the course and the tuition fee, said S. Antony Raj, assistant manager, admission, FIITJEE.

The programme has been launched as part of a social initiative of the company.

R. Rajan, student mentor of the Chennai centres of FIITJEE, said the examination had been on for the past three years.

All the 40 students who cleared the examination would be eligible for the scholarship if their family income was less than Rs.10,000 a month.

Over 500 students wrote the examination at its two centres in Chennai on Sunday.