Chandigarh: City lad Simarpreet Singh has shown that physical discomfort is no barrier to achievement and has topped the CAT exam with a score of 99.97 percentile, in spite of being paralysed waist down in an accident in August 2015.
The 22-year-old, working with a private firm in Gurugram, did his schooling from St John’s High School, Sector 26 before moving to Doon School.
He did his engineering from BITS Pilani.
Percentile denotes how many candidates have been ranked below the student in question. This means that Simarpreet was ranked in the top .04% of 1.8 lakh students who took part in the exam.
Simarpreet’s father Pushpinder Singh, said, “My son had met with an accident in August 2015 while coming to Chandigarh, wherein his spinal cord was damaged and he got paralysed below his waist. Since then, he has been on a wheel-chair. Despite all odds, he has scored the highest without taking any sort of coaching.”
Simarpreet said, “I have received calls from Bengaluru and Ahmedabad and I will want to go to Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. I want to be the best in my field.”
Another engineer, working with a private company in Gurugram, Piyush Mittal, of SAS Nagar, has scored 99.96 percentile.
SEVEN ABOVE 99 PERCENTILE
According to the list compiled by Bulls Eye, a coaching institute in Chandigarh, men continue to rule the roost with seven of them securing above 99 percentile. There is also a woman in the top three.
Others from the tricity who are in the top 1% rank (in the 99 percentile) are Anchit Singla (99.34), Rishav Sharma (99.7), Arnav Bansal (99.15) and Saransh Saxena (99.87). Pritika Sachdeva of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) is reported to be the topper among girls (99.62).
“After graduating from PEC in 2015, I got a job in Gurugram. I had also taken the exam in 2015 as well, but my score then was 98.96. I realised that there were two-three areas, where I was lagging behind,” said Mittal.
Pranshu Batra, who has secured 99.48 percentile, said, “I am in the final year of my engineering at University institute of engineering and technology (UIET) of Panjab University. I studied after my university hours. I’ll wait for the short listing, after which I’ll like to take admission in IIM Lucknow.”
Bulls Eye director Hirdesh Madan said, “The results were declared at 10 am, but initially the site was very slow, it was only by 11:30 am that all students could check the result.”