JEE (Mains) 2013: Super-30 hits bullseye, again
          PATNA: They have once again proven why they are called "super". Yes, all 30 students of the famed Super-30 have aced the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains 2013 and are already preparing for taking the advance level examination scheduled on June 2.
          The Super-30 initiative under which 30 poor IIT aspirants are coached free of cost by state's math wizard Anand Kumar and his team every year, shone again as its candidates moved a step further towards realization of their dream.
           An elated Kumar told TOI, "This is just the preliminary screening test and I'm happy that all students have performed well." Kumar, however, added that the students were already preparing for the advance level and that would be the crucial examination, though he sounded hopeful that his students would have no problems clearing it too.
          The "achievers", all hailing from deprived sections of the society, had been rigorously preparing for the examination. "We had advised them to brush up their basics. They should be well versed with the how and why of every topic," said Kumar.
          The math wizard said some teachers while counselling suggest their students to cover selected portions that are considered important by them. "But ... students should go through every topic as they never know some easy questions might be pitched from those sections that they have left," said Kumar, adding that his students took revision tests almost every alternate day to monitor their progress.
          The students who have made the cut include Alok Ranjan with 296 marks, Ankit Ranjan, Mehboob Ahmad, Hanjela, Shivangi Gupta, Aman Kumar and Pranav Kumar. "These students have performed excellently in the first round," said Kumar.
          Last year, 27 of the 30 students were selected for IITs and Super-30 has contributed over 260 students to the premier engineering institute of the country. In 2003, 18 of the 30 students came out with flying colours while the number of successful candidates went up to 22 the next year. In 2005, 26 of the Super-30 students made it to IITs while 28 each got through the exam in 2006 and 2007. Kumar and his team saw a high from 2008 to 2010 with all their 30 students making it to the list of successful candidates every year.
          Not far behind are the students of another group - Rahmani-30. Altogether 24 students have cleared the first round of the engineering entrance test, said Shabbirul Hoda of the institute. Rahmani-30 is mentored by Maulana Wali Rahmani with its academic adviser being Bihar DGP Abhayanand.
Source : Times of India