According to officials from the Ministry of Education (MoE), this year's engineering entrance exam JEE-Main saw 44 candidates achieve a perfect score, with 18 candidates sharing the top spot.
The first rank holders include Gaurab Das (Karnataka), Vaibhav Vishal (Bihar), Duggineni Venkata Paneesh (Andhra Pradesh), Siddhant Mukherjee, Anshul Verma and Mridul Agarwal (Rajasthan), Ruchir Bansal and Kavya Chopra (Delhi), Amaiya Singhal and Pal Agarwal (Uttar Pradesh), Komma Sharanya and Joysula Venkata Aditya (Telangana), Pasala Veera Siva, Karnam Lokesh and Kanchanapalli Rahul Naidu, (Andhra Pradesh), Pulkit Goyal (Punjab) and Guramrit Singh (Chandigarh).
The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main is offered four times a year from this year to give students more flexibility and a chance to improve their scores. The first phase was held in February and the second in March.
Though the next phases were scheduled for April and May, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement of the exams. Hence, the third edition was held during July 20-25 while the fourth edition was conducted from August 26 to September 2.
Candidates have been ranked based on the best of the four NTA scores, in accordance with the policy that has already been made.The examination was conducted in 13 languages -- English, Hindi, Gujarati, Assamese, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. More than 9.34 lakh candidates took part in the four editions of the JEE-Main exams.