Where are the IIT JEE Toppers Now?

The IIT JEE examination is one of the most tough & prestigious entrance exams in the world and 1.2-1.3 million students prepare for it every year. We’ve analysed the paths of the IIT JEE toppers from 2000 to 2014 and found some interesting trends, such as the fact you statistically have the best chance of topping the IIT JEE if you are from Faridabad.

IIT JEE Toppers

Here is a detailed breakdown of all the IIT JEE toppers from 2000 to 2014

2000 IIT JEE AIR 1- Nitin Gupta

Graduate College: IIT Kanpur
Field: Computer Science
Where did he go post IIT: University of California, Biology
What’s he upto now: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering

One of two in the list of IIT JEE toppers to go do a masters degree abroad and return to India, Nitin joined IIT Kanpur in July 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering. He plans to set up a cognitive neuroscience at IIT Kanpur. He is an inspiration to many who want to contribute back to the educational system in India.


2001 IIT JEE AIR 1- Arvind Thiagarajan

Graduate College: IIT Madras
Field: Computer Science
Where did he go post IIT: Ph.D from MIT
What’s he upto now: Research Scientist with Amazon in the US

Arvind Thiagarajan has written numerous research papers in the area of mobile computing. During his PhD, he interned with Yahoo and Google which are the among the best Silicon Valley companies. With 42 patents to his credit, in 2011 he founded InFix, a mobile computing company.


2002 IIT JEE AIR 1- Dungara Choudhary

Graduate College: IIT Kanpur
Field: Computer Science
Where did he go post IIT: AirTight Networks
What’s he upto now: Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle in San Francisco

One of two IIT JEE toppers in this list from Rajasthan and one of the few who has not gone for a masters degree, Dungara Choudhary has written a thesis in distributed parallel architecture after topping the IIT JEE examination in 2002.


2003 IIT JEE AIR 1- Shashak Dwiwedi

Graduate College: IIT Mumbai
Field: Electrical Engineering
Where did he go post IIT: MIT
What’s he upto now: Research/Teaching

Since Shashank is not on social networks, we have been able to get limited information on him. We have sent him a request for additional information and will update this post accordingly.


2004 IIT JEE AIR 1- Sushant Sachdeva

Graduate College: IIT Mumbai
Field: Computer Science
Where did he go post IIT: Princeton Univeristy
What’s he upto now: Ongoing Ph.D at Yale in Computer Science

After his bachelors in IIT Mumbai, Sushant went to Princeton for his masters degree He has finished research internships at Toyota, Microsoft and ETH Zurich. He has also published numerous research papers in prestigious conferences throughout the world.


2005 IIT JEE AIR 1- Piyush Srivastava

Graduate College: IIT Kanpur
Field: Computer Science
Where did he go post IIT: Univeristy of California, Berkeley
What’s he upto now: Ongoing Ph.D at Caltech in theoretical Computer Science

The only IIT JEE topper from UP in this list, Piyush Srivastava has had 3 stints as a research intern at Microsoft in 2009, 2011 and 2013.


2006 IIT JEE AIR 1- Raghu Mahajan

Graduate College: MIT
Field: Physics & Maths
Where did he go post IIT: Univeristy of Cambridge & Ph.D at Stanford

After topping IIT JEE in 2006, Raghu took admission in IIT Delhi. However, after 2 years, he left for MIT and finished his Bahelor in Science in 2011. He has interned at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland for 3 months. Sources say that he is currently working for the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi. He is only second of the IIT JEE toppers to return to India.


2007 IIT JEE AIR 1- Achin Bansal

Graduate College: IIT Mumbai
Field: Computer Science
Where did he go post IIT: Morgan Stanley
What’s he upto now: Morgan Stanley

Achin Bansal is from the small town of Kotkapura, Punjab. He was also a summer research intern for 3 months at the prestigious University of Bath in United Kingdom. Post IIT, Achin has been at Morgan Stanley as an analyst and then an associate. He is one of the few IIT JEE toppers from 2000-2009 who neither opted for higher studies nor left the country.


2008 IIT JEE AIR 1- Shitikanth Kashyap

Graduate College: IIT Kanpur
Field: Computer Science
What’s he upto now: Research at Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Canada

Representing Bihar on this list, Shitikanth Kashyap from Patna topped the IIT JEE in 2008 and has interned as a Research Assistant at Laboratorie d’Informatique Algorithmique: Fondements et Applicaions in Paris.


2009 IIT JEE AIR 1- Nitin Jain

Graduate College: IIT Delhi
Field: Computer Science
What’s he upto now: Working for Twitter in Canada

Nitin Jain from Faridabad secured did his internship from Zomato in Dublin. During campus placements, he got a job at Twitter.


The more recent IIT JEE toppers have only just begin their career or are still in college.

2010 IIT JEE AIR 1Anumula Jithendar Reddy

Anumula completed his electronics and communication engineering degree at IIT Mumbai. He completed his internship from QEA Eduventure and is presently a Research Assistant at Caltech SURFriends in Pasedena, California.

2011 IIT JEE AIR 1Prudhvi Tej

Prudhvi Tej was not only the IIT JEE topper in 2011, but was also 7th rank holder in AIEEE . He is presently pursuing Electrical Engineering from IIT Mumbai and will graduate in 2015. He plans to become an IAS officer and serve the country.

2012 IIT JEE AIR 1- Arpit Aggarwal

The 2nd IIT JEE topper in 4 years from Faridabad, Arpit Aggarwal is currently pursuing Computer Science in IIT Delhi. He has worked with Google India after scoring a rank of 122 in the Google APAC.

2013 IIT JEE AIR 1- Pallerla Sai Sandeep Reddy

Pallerla Sai Sandeep Reddy received admission in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in the Computer Science stream after becoming the 2013 IIT JEE topper. He wishes to further pursue post-graduation in robotic technology.

2014 IIT JEE AIR 1- Chitraang Murdia

Chitraang Murdia is doing his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai. His goal is to go for research. He believes that there is a lot of scope in research has a desire to give back something to the society.

Hope you’ve gotten inspired after learning about these IIT JEE toppers! You too can top the IIT JEE!

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Author: Indrani Mani

A student of English Literature at KNC, Delhi University. Big foodie, traveler and explorer. Voracious reading and writing is what drives me. I also dabble a little bit in the field of art. Constantly in search of the impossible.

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  1. Wow, 80% IIT toppers left the country. Why is the Indian government funding the subsidizing the IITs if they have to leave the country and work abroad. it is a shame guys

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    • Cry baby, government also subsidized your cooking gas cylinder.

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