It's that time of year again. You know, when the newspapers fill up with full-page ads from coaching class establishments, congratulating themselves on producing rankers in one or the other exam (school-leaving, college entrance, etc). The ads invariably have a long fine-printed list of their students who have made it through the exam.
This year, I finally did something I've always wanted to do: compare the lists from two different establishments to see if any names appear in both.
So: CBSE-PMT 2006 exam. Allen Career Institute of Kota ("PIOUS EFFORTS always come out with PIOUS RESULTS") has a list of its students who got through (Hindustan Times June 6). Aakash Institute of Bombay ("Aakashians Create History") has a similar list of its students who got through (HT June 7).
Poring over just the names in the top 100, we have Sumeet Agarwal (#24), Vanya Narayan (#32), Wamiqur Rehman (#40) and Ashish Agarwal (#79) who are in both lists.
Coaching classes strike me as hard work, even drudgery. (I'd love to be proved wrong). Why would kids sign up for two at a time? How do you attend two at a time?
Or am I missing something?