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Every year only one person gets the coveted title of being the AIR 1 of one of toughest exams in the world. All India Rank 1 for IIT JEE is one of the biggest achievements a student can have. For the next few months after the results, all cameras chase them and their story is told repeatedly to every aspirant so much so that it becomes a story of legends. Achieving AIR 1 in IIT JEE is usually just the first step towards a successful career. We will walk you through the journeys of the students who scored belong to the coveted club of ‘IIT JEE AIR 1 Rankers’ and what they have achieved so far in their lives, ever since they came into the limelight for being the special ones.

2000 – IIT JEE AIR 1 – Nitin Gupta

Nitin joined IIT Kanpur in July 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering. He graduated from the Department of CSE, IIT Kanpur and eventually went on to study biology at University of California, San Diego. He plans to set up a cognitive neuroscience lab here at IITK. He is an inspiration to many who want to contribute back to the educational system in India.

2001 – IIT JEE AIR 1 – Arvind Thiagarajan

After completing his graduation from IIT Madras in Computer Science, Arvind went to MIT for his PhD. He has written numerous research papers in the area of mobile computing. During his PhD, he interned with Yahoo and Google which are the best companies in Silicon Valley for any computer science researcher. With 42 patents to his credit, he founded a company in 2011 in mobile computing. He is currently working with Amazon as a research scientist.

2002 – IIT JEE AIR 1 – Dungara Choudhary

Dungara, who is currently in San Francisco, joined IIT Kanpur in Computer Science with a thesis in distributed parallel architecture. He did an internship at Honeywell and upon graduating joined AirTight Networks where he quickly rose to become a Team Lead in a brief span. He is currently working in Oracle as a Principal Member of Technical Staff.

2003 – IIT JEE AIR 1 – Shashank Dwivedi

Shashank is from Bhilai and has been a role model for IIT JEE aspirants from the city, which has since then produced number of top rankers. He completed his B.Tech in computer science from IIT Bombay and has completed his masters from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2004 – IIT JEE AIR 1 – Sushant Sachdeva

Sushant is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Computer Science at Yale University. Prior to joining Yale, Sushant graduated from Princeton University in 2013. He has done multiple research internships at Toyota, Microsoft and ETH Zurich. He has published numerous research papers in prestigious conferences throughout the world. He has competed his B.Tech from IIT Bombay and his research interest lies in algorithms.

2005 – IIT JEE AIR 1 – Piyush Srivastava

Piyush is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech. Prior to joining Caltech, he did his post graduation from UC Berkeley. He has had 3 stints as a research intern at Microsoft in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He is a graduate of computer science from IIT Kanpur and is currently working in theoretical computer science.

If you find their journeys inspirational and aspire to achieve the same, then it’s time to take your exam preparation to the next level. Every time you feel bogged down, think of these achievers who you want to emulate and approach your studies with a renewed zeal. With hard work and practice, even you can achieve the same. We are in this journey together with our vision of helping students excel at competitive exam by helping them in planning, saving time and improving accuracy. So sign up now and we will help you prepare to become the next IIT JEE AIR 1.

Stay tuned for more such blogs and interviews in this ‘AIR 1s and where are they now’ series.

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