Kalpit Veerval, hailing from Udaipur in Rajasthan, has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main with a perfect 100 per cent score making him the first student ever to achieve this remarkable feat.
"Everyone suggested that I should go to Kota or Hyderabad for coaching, but I didn't want to take studies as a burden. I wanted to enjoy what I learned. Thus, I decided to stay back in Udaipur and joined a coaching centre here," Kalpit, who has scored 360 out of 360 in the JEE-Main, said.
Kalpit, a student of the MDS Senior Secondary School in Udaipur, had earlier topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad and the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)
The 17-year-old said that he did not miss a single class throughout the year.
"I knew I could score the first rank but never thought that it would be the magical 360 figure," he said, adding that he used to study for 5-6 hours at home daily apart from the time he spent at the school and coaching classes.
Kalpit now desires to pursue computer science from IIT-Mumbai.
His father Pushpendra Veerval is a male nurse at the Government MB hospital while his mother Pushpa is a government school teacher.
The results of the exam conducted for admission to various engineering colleges, including the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday.
Over 10.2 lakh students had appeared for the exam at 1,781 centres across the country.
The examination was held on 2 April (offline) and 8 and 9 April (online). Candidates clearing the JEE-Main will be eligible to appear in the JEE-Advanced exam, 2017.
Earlier in 2014, Andhra Pradesh’s Pramod Vakacharla had scored 355 of a total 360. In 2013 too, 16-year-old M Viswa Virinchi had secured the first rank with 345 marks.
The JEE is conducted for admission to B.Tech, BE and B.Arch programmes offered at IITs, NITs, IIITs and other government-approved engineering institutes.
With PTI Inputs