Naga lad makes it to top 100 in IIT JEE

Kijamerang Pongener, who ranked 52nd nationwide on ST category in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) which was declared on May 25.

Dimapur | May 28 : The results for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) were declared on May 25th  morning. From among close to five lakh aspirants, who had appeared in the IIT-JEE 2011 exam held on April 10, a Naga student Kijamerang Pongener, was ranked 52nd in the ST category.  Born to Chubawati Edward Pongener of Changki and Kavili Pongener from Zunheboto, Kijamerang is the youngest and has two siblings. The family is settled in Kolkata with Chubawati working for Birla Sunlife Insurance and Kavili for Life Insurance Corporation. Kijamerang says that he missed the main merit list for general category students by a few marks.  He shares that he took coaching classes for IIT-JEE from GOIIT, an institute in Salt Lake, Kolkata.
Having completed his class10 and 12 from Assembly of God Church School, Park Street, Kolkata. The recent feat is not only his first, for this young achiever also cleared ICSE and ISC exams with 96% and 95.25% respectively.
Interacting exclusively with The Morung Express from Kolkata, Kijamerang said “In my endeavour to clear this exam, I was lucky to have the support of my teachers and family.” He said that he studied for around five to six hours regularly. “The main requirement of clearing this exam to develop a conceptual approach towards all three subjects- physics, chemistry and maths,” he says confidently.
Besides IIT-JEE, he has appeared for AIEEE, BITSAT and VITEEE exams. But it is not just books for this young lad, he says that he likes playing football, and indoor sports like Table Tennis, Badminton. He also enjoys playing computer games and admits that he watches a lot of television.
With cracking the IIT-JEE exam, Kijamerang says that his preference is to study Mechanical Engineering, and probably from IIT or BITS Pilani. Sharing his success mantra, “There’s no substitute for hard work. Also, a student should be interested in what he is studying, only then can he succeed,” he said.