JEE Main result 2021: Meet girls who created history by securing rank 1 in engineering entrance

Delhi’s Kavya Chopra and Ghaziabad’s Pal Agarwal are the first women to secure first position in the Joint Entrance Examination.JEE Main, the result of which was declared on Wednesday Night. Both attribute their success to their parents who said no to them and let them make their own choices. Chopra had earlier scored 99.97 in February, but said he was determined to “score better”. This time, he has got 100 percentile.

“My parents always treated me and my brother equally. I have never personally been discriminated against on the basis of my gender, but I know that many girls in India are not as privileged as I am. Even though I have never been discriminated against, I know what other girls go through. The 17-year-old DPS Vasant Kunj student said that I hope her achievement will open doors for other girls. She is preparing for JEE Advanced.

Aggarwal also tried again for the exam She had achieved 99.988 percentile in February, but she was determined that she could “do better”. She worked hard and got a perfect 100 this time. He has not only cleared JEE Mains but also got admission in IISc Bangalore by clearing Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana Exam (KVPY Exam). She will also appear for IIT entrance JEE Advanced.

Agarwal, a student of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, told News18, “My parents always treated me and my brother equally, they never made me feel that gender is taken into account while making choices. I want to be an astrophysicist; It is not seen as a women-friendly option. My parents never asked me to go into computer science or any other field.

The engineering entrance exam is predominantly male dominated, after decades of its conduct, this is the first time that women have made it to the top ranks of JEE Mains. Several reports from IITs, academics have cited women choosing STEM in school, and parents spending less on coaching for female students as some of the major reasons for the gender gap. For the first time in 2021, not only one but two women candidates have got rank 1. Out of the top 18 students, 16 are males.

whereas Chopra aims to study computer science from IIT-Delhi or IIT-Bombay, Agarwal is keeping her options open and will choose between IIT and IISc. “If I get IIT, I will go for engineering physics for my bachelor’s degree and if I opt for IISc, I will choose physics with maths minor,” Agarwal said.

Both the teenagers said that they believe that engineering entrance exams are not just about academic competition but also a test of one’s mental strength. “Setting a new goal every day, focusing on completing the syllabus and during exams, requires mental strength in all situations,” Agarwal said. Chopra also said that she faced emotional stress while preparing in isolation for the Covid-19 pandemic, however, it was her determination, self-motivation and focus that helped her move forward.

Agarwal is a resident of Ghaziabad. His mother is a clinical psychologist and his father is a businessman. He also has a younger brother who studies in class 10th. Chopra is a resident of Delhi. His father is an engineer, his mother is a housewife and he also has a younger brother.

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