Shabnam Sahay: The only woman topper in IIT JEE talks to Asiaville
By Nidhi Tambe • 14/06/2019 at 8:01AM
Shabnam Sahay, the top female candidate in IIT JEE Advanced rank list, speaks to Asiaville in an exclusive interview.
Shabnam Sahay, the only female candidate in the top ten ranks of IIT JEE Advanced, makes one thing obvious - she’s incredibly intelligent. With a sharp wit and quiet intelligence shining through, it is clear why Shabnam has place on the list of the top ten candidates for the premier engineering schools in the country. She also happens to be the only woman on the top ten list.
In this Asiaville Exclusive Interview, we spoke to her about her motivations for aiming for the IIT - and they lie pretty close to home. Her sister studies Engineering Physics at IIT Delhi, and Shabnam cites her sister’s example as the primary driving force behind her own achievement. Shyly mentioning that she also happens to be interested, and moreover, good at science, Shabnam also paid tribute to her parents and teachers who never let anything get in the way of her dreams.
We asked her how she felt being the only girl on the top ten list, and she said while it feels nice, she felt it was important to highlight the need for a greater female presence in engineering studies.
We also asked her this - if you could speak to your 10th grade self now, what would you say? Her answer was deeply insightful, compassionate, and strong: “I would tell her that it may seem very hard, but believe in yourself and work hard, because nothing is impossible if you really, really want it.”
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