Tambat, a student at Ryan International School in Sanpada, scored 99.97 percentile in February. “I was not happy with my chemistry score and the next exam was scheduled in just 20 days. So, I brushed my chemistry and tried the test again, ”he said. He scored full marks in all three subjects in the second attempt. Although he is keen to join an IIT, he has not made up his mind in the engineering branch. “Currently, I plan to focus only on preparing for JEE (Advanced) and will call the branch later.” He said that the epidemic was, in fact, helpful to his preparations, as he saved a lot of time in the journey. Tambar was also a topper in the tenth grade at St. Mary’s School in Koparkhairane. His father is an engineer and mother is a housewife. He took a two-year break from his interest in table tennis and drawing.
Bakshi, too, like Tambat, was unhappy with his score in chemistry and decided to try again. His father, Makarand Bakshi, an oral surgeon, said that he was not happy with the coaching facilities and learning environment in Nashik and, therefore, decided to move to Mumbai for two years. “Dadi lived here in Dadar, so we had a choice,” he said. Gargi, a student of Pace Junior Science College, Dadar, is keen to study computer science from IIT-Bombay and is now preparing for JEE (Advanced). Both her parents are practicing dentists in Nashik. “She came back to Nashik when cases started escalating in Mumbai last year and she has been studying online ever since. Bakshi said,” We were a little apprehensive about her increased screen time, but she managed it well was.
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