Tambat, a student of Ryan International School in Sanpada, scored 99.97 percentile in February. “I was not happy with my Chemistry scores and the next exam was scheduled in just 20 days. So, I brushed up on my chemistry and attempted the test again,” he said. He scored full marks in all three subjects in the second attempt. Though he is keen on joining an IIT, he has not made up his mind on the branch of engineering. “Currently, I plan to focus only on JEE (Advanced) preparation and will take a call on the branch later,” said Tambat. He said that pandemic was, in fact, helpful for his preparation, as he saved a lot of time in travelling. Tambat was also a topper in his class X in St Mary’s School in Koparkhairane. His father is an engineer and mother a housewife. He took a break of two years from his interests in table tennis and drawing.
Bakshi, too, like Tambat, was unhappy with her scores in Chemistry and decided to attempt again. Her father, an oral surgeon, Makarand Bakshi, said that they were not happy with the coaching facilities and learning environment in Nashik and therefore, decided to move to Mumbai for two years. “Here grandmother stayed in Dadar, so we had an option,” he said. Gargi, a student of Pace Junior Science College, Dadar, is keen on pursuing computer science from IIT-Bombay and is now focussed on the preparation for JEE (Advanced). Both her parents are practising dentists in Nashik. “She came back to Nashik when cases started rising in Mumbai last year and since then she is studying online. We were a little apprehensive about her increased screen time, but she managed it well,” said Bakshi.