India’s Sheshansh Agarwal bags silver medal at the 46th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)

Jayita Ekka updated on : 24 Feb 2016

The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual competition in physics for secondary school students.

Sheshansh Agarwal, ALLEN Career Institute, Kota

Sheshansh Agarwal has won the silver medal for the country in the 46th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual competition in physics for secondary school students. It involves individual theoretical and experimental competitions in Physics. The 46th IPhO was held at Mumbai, India from 5 to 12 July 2015.  The event was organised by the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, an autonomous institution under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy, as well as a Deemed University. 

The 46th International Physics Olympiad is supported by the Government of India through its Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).

A gold medal is awarded to the top 8% of the participants. A silver medal or better is awarded to the top 25%. A bronze medal or better should be awarded to the top 50%. An honorable mention or better should be awarded to the top 67%. All other participants receive certificates of participation. The participant with the highest score (absolute winner) receives a special prize, in addition to a gold medal.

Sheshansh Agarwal is a classroom student of ALLEN Career Institute, located in Kota, Rajasthan. ALLEN Career Institute specializes in coaching of JEE (Mains), JEE (Advanced), Pre-Medical (AIPMT, AIIMS) & Distance Learning programmes. According to Sh. Brajesh Maheshwari, Director, ALLEN Career Institute, 5 students from India competed with the 86 students from around the world in the final round of IPhO conducted at Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education HBCSE, Mumbai.

Sheshansh has also bagged 4th rank in AIR in JEE Main 2015 and was the state topper. He has achieved the All India Rank 58 in JEE Advanced 2015. He aspires to complete B. Tech in Computer Science from IIT Mumbai. Sheshansh has also been a scholar of the prestigious NTSE and KVPY.

Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai (IITB) is one of India’s leading engineering colleges in India. IIT B offers B. Tech programmes and M. Tech programmes. Earlier in 2015, the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of IIT Bombay has launched a new comprehensive, four-year, Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programme and a five-year integrated, Dual Degree B.Des + M.Des programme, which is available to students only at the end of their third year. The classes were scheduled to begin in July. 

Sheshansh’s journey in International Olympiads

Exceptionally talented Sheshansh is the only student to win medals for his country for 4 consecutive years. Earlier, he had also won a Silver Medal at the International Astronomy Olympiad held in South Korea in the year 2012. He then bagged a Bronze medal in the International Olympiad in Astronomy & Astrophysics in 2013.  In 2014, he made India proud yet again by winning a Gold Medal in the International Olympiad in Astronomy & Astrophysics. This is the 4th time in a row, when he has won a medal for his country.

Sheshansh’s mantra for success: a calm mind and positive energy

Sheshansh confessed that he feels proud to compete on behalf of the nation internationally. He says, it gives him confidence and motivates him to give his best while representing India on the International level. He never studies under pressure and advices other students to study with a calm mind as well. According to him a relaxed mind brings positive energy which is necessary to perform better.

“The most difficult part in ipho were the experiments. The competition was edgy and everyone tried their best but it has been one of the most remarkable and memorable experience for me.

I am very excited about IIT-Mumbai since I got this opportunity to study in India’s top IIT-JEE institute.”- Sheshansh

To see the complete result of 46th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) with the ranks, click here.

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