Bhubaneswar: Pune’s Chirag Falor, who secured 12th rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains, says securing admission into the Indian Institute of Technology is the toughest. He has also managed to get into Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, one of the best colleges in the world.
Despite having an MIT seat, Falor appeared for the JEE for the “experience” of it. “I have been preparing for the IIT entrance exams for four years and, therefore, wanted to appear for it. I can surely say that the IIT entrance is the toughest entrance exam. While the MIT assesses each individual based on their personalities and how much have they leveraged from the opportunities made available to them, the parameters for IIT admissions are entirely different. MIT needs a lengthy application process, including essays, details of one’s personality and background, the IIT entrance requires a lengthy preparation to get through,” The Indian Express quoted Falor as saying.
Falor secured a 99.9897 percentile score in the JEE held in January. However, he appeared again in September and got 100 percentile and 12th rank.
He has been attending the online classes for MIT at night which ends at 3 AM. In the daytime, it is catching up on sleep and preparing for JEE advanced. The exam is scheduled for September 27.
According to the daily, Falor wishes to research in astrophysics. “He has always been in love with studies and enjoyed taking exams. Apart from his schools, he used to appear for a number of extra exams every year — from Olympiads to other entrances. Despite being from a middle-class family we have tried to support him in fulfilling all his dreams. He made us proud when the Prime Minister himself called him a friend and tweeted about him,” said Falor’s mother.
Falor was also awarded the Bal Shakti Puraskar, formerly known as National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, for representing India in International Olympiads.
Chirag had obtained 98.4 per cent marks in his Class XII Board results. He took test series from Aakash coachings to prepare for JEE Mains.