Meet Chirag Falor, the JEE Advanced topper Rank 1 and Bal Shakti award winner studying at MIT – India Today

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The JEE Advanced 2020 results were announced on Monday and Chirag Falor topped the IIT entrance exam with an incredible 352 out of 396 among more than 1.6 lakh students. A month ago, Chirag made the news when he secured 100 percentile marks and an all-India rank of 12 in JEE Main 2020.

The son of a software engineer and a tutor, Chirag went on to take admission in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, one of the most prestigious tech institutions in the world, but the Pune boy still appeared for JEE Advanced because he felt that the JEE Advanced was tougher than even the MIT entrance.

We got talking to him understand more about his exam preparation and future plans.

The JEE Advanced 2020 result was announced today and interested candidates can check the answer key here.

Before JEE Advanced had taken place, Chirag had said that appearing for the exam would be one of the greatest experiences since there was a time constraint to the exam which made it harder than the first-year exams at MIT.

I studied for JEE for four years, and I didnt want to waste all this hard work by just not giving the exam. Also, this would be an achievement that sticks to me throughout my life. So, I thought I shouldnt miss this golden chance to appear for this one last exam in India before I move to the US, he told us in an interaction.

The top 50 JEE Advanced rankholders are offered admission to Computer Science in IIT Bombay, but Chirag wants to study Physics and Maths.

MIT has churned out eminent personalities like renowned physicist Richard Feynman, ex-UN Secretary-General and winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2001 Kofi Annan, the second person to walk on the moon Buzz Aldrin, and former Governor of Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan among others.

He has also represented India at the International Olympiads Award on Astronomy and Astrophysics and was earlier awarded the Bal Shakti Puraskar by PM Narendra Modi for the same.

Since he couldnt return to the US due to the Covid-19 lockdown, Chirag had been following a tight schedule for his JEE Advanced preparation. He was studying for the engineering entrance exam alongside his online classes at MIT from 5:30 pm till 2 am every day.

Since he was studying for JEE for four years, there wasnt any last-minute cramming that Chirag had to go through. He says the list of tricky questions and important contents hared by Akash before JEE Advanced was enough help for him.

After studying for the IIT entrance for two years, Chirag moved to Delhi and enrolled in Pragati Public School, Dwarka. He shifted from his school in Pune to boost his focus and not get distracted as he would while living with his family.

He cut down his entertainment like watching TV as he was staying in a hostel in Delhi and he feels these steps helped him get where he is today.

JEE Advanced topper 2020 Chirag Famor at home with his congratulatory party set up.

Since he was preparing for JEE Advanced for so long, he knew he had a chance of getting one of the top ranks.

Moreover, tests and camps and Olympiads were all spread out through his schedule. All these different tests helped me break the monotony of preparing for JEE Advanced. I didnt get bored as I could meet different teachers at Aakash for studying different things instead of just one exam, Chirag says.

Apart from this, he played chess and table tennis with his friends to keep his mind and body fit.

With special interest in astronomy and astrophysics, Chirag spends time reading up and studying about the universe. Observing the night sky through his binoculars is a favourite pastime for him.

Though he is yet to explore the domains of astrophysics he would be interested to study in the future, he has dreams of becoming an astronaut.


We congratulate Chirag Falor for his incredible result in the JEE advanced 2020 and wish him all the best for his future!

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