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Surat boy tops JEE Main in Gujarat with 99.99 percentile

The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the results of JEE Main on Saturday, almost 11 days before the scheduled release date.

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Over 50 students from Gujarat have scored above 99 percentile in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Mains) with the state topper coming from Surat — Raghav Somani.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the results of JEE Main on Saturday, almost 11 days before the scheduled release date. Unlike previous years, the results are available in percentile form instead of ranks. While students are disappointed by this, it implies that there may be more than one top scorer.

Fifteen students have scored 100 percentile this year, of which, three are from Maharashtra. NTA has also released a state-wise toppers' list, which mentions Somani as the topper. A total of 9,29,198 candidates registered for Paper –I (B.E. /B. Tech.) and there were 467 examination centres across the country and abroad.

Raghav did not expect to top Gujarat. "I think I could achieve this because I knew how to manage stress. I'd go for walks, play games and read books. Listening to music also helped to a great extent," he said. "I am aiming for IIT Bombay, so will no appear for JEE Advance." A passionate coin collector, his collection spans 25 to 30 countries. Raghav's father works with the GST department.

Ahmedabad topper, Shrey Patel, scored 99.98 percentile. He has been preparing for JEE for two years after scoring 99.99 percentile in class 10. He will appear for his Class 12 exams in March, as well as prepare for JEE Advance.

"I want to get into the best IITs, and thus need to study more for JEE Advance," said the son of doctor parents. Sharing his success mantra, he said, "Everyone who appears for JEE Main have their concepts clear. The only aspect that gives some an edge is focus. The papers are so lengthy that if a student has not focussed or does not pay attention, calculation mistakes can happen."

Shrey is a bit disappointed by the percentile score system. "Ranks tell you where you stand nationally," he says.

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