Kerala's Thomas Biju, who bagged 3rd rank in JEE Advanced, says he used to study for 12 hrs a day

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New Delhi: Thomas Biju Cheeramvelil from Kesavadasapuram in Thiruvananthapuram secured the third rank in the JEE-Advanced exam.

Thomas scored 300 marks out of 360 and wants to join Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He said that he started his Plus Two education with a stern determination to pursue engineering. He said that following the syllabus and testing himself regularly helped a lot. Thomas added that he devoted around 12 hours to studying each day. He would finish studying the portions taken each day regularly and answer 150 questions per day. Doubts would be cleared with the help of teachers. He gave up the use of mobile phones entirely and only used the internet for educational purposes.

Thomas, a former student of Vishwa Prakash Central School, Thirumala, had scored 99.4 in the CBSE board exam. Besides, he had secured admission to the Chennai Mathematical Institute and also cleared the entrance examination to the Indian Statistical Institute. He went for entrance coaching at Brilliant Study Center in Pala and Math IIT Learning Pvt. Ltd in Thiruvananthapuram. He had scored 100 percentile in JEE Mains Exam and ranked first in the state.

Thomas, who has been preparing for JEE for the past two years, is the son of VSSC engineer Biju C Thomas, and Reenie Rajan, Assistant Professor at Government Women’s College.

The results of the IIT entrance exam JEE Advanced were announced on Sunday with Bombay Zone's R K Shishir bagging the top rank.

According to IIT Bombay, which conducted the exam, Shishir secured 314 out of 360 marks. Tanishka Kabra from the Delhi zone is the topper among females with 277 marks. Her all-India rank is 16.

Over 1.5 lakh candidates appeared for the exam, and over 40,000 have qualified.

(With inputs from PTI)

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