Around 7,200 students from Chennai take part
: For Class V student Harshit Das, the exam was about getting some pocket money, while for a Chennai School student P.Adhilakshmi it was an avenue to realise her dreams of becoming an engineer.
The all-India FIITJEE Talent Reward Examination (FTRE) 2011 organised by FIITJEE and TheHindu Education Plus, an opportunity for students to become familiar with competitive examinations, was held here on Sunday.
“Yesterday night I went through some sample papers online. I only had to circle the answers unlike my school exam. If I do well, I might get a cash prize and that would mean a little more pocket money,” said Harshit, who seemed pretty confident after taking the objective-type paper.
This year, a descriptive section has also been incorporated in the exam. “Besides the objective papers that include IQ, and the science and maths papers, the descriptive paper will help us understand how well the students have understood the concepts and not just made guesses to answer the questions,” says Pavan Kumar, deputy head, FIITJEE Chennai Centre.
The objective-type question paper for students of classes X and XI will test them in IQ, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
Increasingly, students from different backgrounds showing interest in such examinations, organisers said. Students from Chennai Schools, who were chosen based on an aptitude test, also appeared for the examination.
“Sometimes while explaining concepts to these students we have to start from basics. But children from Chennai Schools are very attentive and ask a lot of questions, since they are not compelled by parents to attend our classes,” says S. Seetha, a faculty member of Chemistry at FIITJEE.
Students who come in the top 500 FTRE rank from every class get a cash scholarship and a waiver for the FIITJEE programme and their hostel fee.
Around 10,000 students appeared for the examination from Tamil Nadu among whom 7,200 were from Chennai. The examination was conducted in seven centres in the city.