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These JEE Toppers Want to Think Beyond the IITs, and Have Some Awesome Plans for the Future!

Research in the sciences or interest in physics, these toppers are determined to chase their dreams!

Breaking the norms among this year’s JEE Main candidates are a handful of kids that have plans beyond engineering, something that is still most pursued as a career in India.

Vrunda Rathi, with a stupendous all-India ranking of 71, is also the all-India girl topper in JEE (Main).

Vrunda Rathi. Source: Facebook

The Nashik girl, however, does not have any intention of joining the IITs. With an awesome rank as that, many might consider the move as being not thoughtful enough, but Vrunda plans on pursuing research and wishes to study at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.

“I’ve always been sure about pursuing a career in research and for that purpose, IISc Bangalore is where I’m headed. I have not yet decided which particular course I will choose at IISc, but it will definitely be research-oriented,” Vrunda told HT.

Vrunda, a student of IITians Pace Academy, has scored 321 out of 360 in the JEE Main to attain the overall India rank of 71. Though her focus on the JEE exams started from Class 11, she explains that she never made it all work and no play. “I cannot study for too many hours in a row, so I used to take breaks and play the flute off and on. After finishing my Class 12 exam I started studying around 6 hours a day for JEE,” she added.

Another amazing kid who plans on pursuing something out of the ordinary is the Bengaluru boy Ninad Hemanth Huilgol, who is among the toppers in the city! Having prepared from BASE coaching centre, Ninad said that with steady preparations of two to three hours every day, he could achieve what he had worked hard for. With an all-India ranking of 54, Ninad had scored 325 out of 360, a moment of pride for not just his family but the city as well!


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Like Vrinda, Ninad has his plans for the future sorted. A student from Delhi Public School, South, he has expressed having a special inclination towards Physics. “The preparatory tests given in BASE were helpful. My family has been supportive,” he said.

Ninad aspires to study Physics at the Indian Institute of Science and we really hope he finds his vocation in what he chooses to pursue.

Some who are among the JEE toppers, are inspired to work towards the development of the country and say they want to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards building India.

Dehradun toppers Shristi Dabola and Nitin More. Source: Handout images

Shristi Dabola and Nitin More, who had dropped a year to prepare for the entrance exam, have topped in the city of Dehradun, with amazing marks of 266 out of 360. Though they currently plan to pursue engineering, the long-term goal nourished by these kids is more towards nation building.

“My objective isn’t only to get through IIT but to crack civil services and work for the nation. I am extremely influenced with our PM and I wish to join him someday and work towards the development of the country,” Shristi told HT.

Dreaming of a similar future, Nitin too plans on cracking the civil services so that even he can contribute towards the development of the country. “Our education is worth if we could support our country through our talent,” he said.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.