Since Friday, many students have been checking on the possibility of a transfer to a school in Faridabad. Because 66 from the Modern Vidya Niketan, including All India Rank 1 Arpit Agarwal, made it to the IIT-JEE shortlist. Three years ago, the topper was also from this school.
“Suddenly, everybody wants to take a transfer here. People are willing to leave many A-list Delhi schools and come here. But our Class XII batch is packed,” said Jaiprakash Gaur, vice-principal of the MVN at Sector 17.
Teachers say they are not surprised by the result. Some five years ago, the school took a conscious decision to train students for competitive exams.
“We are different because we envisaged this need. We saw students joining coaching institutions and ignoring school. We realised students would be interested in school only if they felt they were gaining something from us,” said principal Santosh Sharma.
From 2006-07, students of the school have been making the cut not only at the IIT-JEE but also All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) and All India Pre Medical test (AIPMT). This year, 19 from the 40 in the “medical section” who took the AIPMT cleared the exam.
IIT selections that hovered at 40-45 so far peaked this year. “Over the years, we see more students opting for the non-medical stream, so selection for engineering entrance exams have gone up,” Gaur said.
But organisers of the IIT-JEE are skeptical about the claims of the school and say “more analysis is required, before the school can be given all the credit.”
JEE 2012 chairperson Dr G B Reddy said: “This is an age where students go to coaching institutes and schools are mere stamps. But if they are producing results unlike other schools, two toppers in three years for instance, we need to analyse what exactly are they doing.”
School authorities insist the only magic lies in “relentless” focus on competitive exams from the formative years. Every year, a batch of 25 students from classes IV and V are selected after screening tests to attend competitive coaching for the National Science Talent Search Examination and Olympiad — from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday. In the middle school, one such class is held for students from classes VI to VIII, and one for classes IX-X.
Students are first divided into sections for pure CBSE level, IIT/AIPMT level and AIEEE level. An entrance test is held for Class XI and 177