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It was a 'dream come true' moment for Aman Bansal when he found out that the AIR 1 in JEE Advanced 2016 is none other than he himself. Coming from a middle class family where his father is an engineer and mother a homemaker, Aman’s passion to be a Software Engineer kept him motivated to prepare well and get a high JEE Advanced rank which would enable him to choose his choice of IIT. With AIR 1 now, all admission options and choices are following this Jaipur boy who attributes his success to his systematic preparation strategy, parental support and exchange of knowledge among his peer group.
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Aman cherishes a dream to make India proud by discovering a software or network system which will help internet connectivity reach millions of students in rural India and help them with their education. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Aman, who was also among the high scorers in JEE Main and Class XII with 96.2% marks, shares how he planned his preparation and discusses his routine study schedule. He shares that he utilised his facebook account to become member of JEE Preparation Groups and also engaged in group studies to understand the level of competition and bring clarity on his doubts. He also talks on his hobbies, his favourite sports and more...
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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2016! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Aman Bansal: Thank you! It came as a pleasant surprise for me. I was not expecting Rank 1 despite having performed well in the exam. I was hoping to be among the top 10 rankers, but to be AIR 1 was beyond my expectations. It was like a dream come true and currently I am living the moment to the fullest!
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2016? How was your performance in JEE Main?
Aman Bansal: I have scored 320 out of 372 in JEE Advanced. In JEE Main, my score was 323 out of 360.
Careers360: Tell us something about your family. How was support from your parents?
Aman Bansal: My family consists of my parents, grandmother and younger sister. My father is a government employee and my mother is a homemaker. My sister studies in Class VIII. All my family members were very supportive and motivated me throughout the preparation period. Also, there was no pressure from my parents, be it regarding studying engineering or scoring any rank or marks. They have always supported me irrespective of my performance.
Careers360: When and how did you decide to study engineering? How did you start preparation?
Aman Bansal: I decided to pursue engineering after my Class X board exams. My decision was influenced by my love for Physics and Mathematics. Although my father is an Engineer, there was no compulsion from my family to follow suit. Right after my Class X exam, I joined coaching and diligently followed the guidance of my mentors.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy and routine study period for JEE Advanced?
Aman Bansal: I had covered the syllabus during JEE Main preparation itself. For JEE Advanced, I focused on revision and reviewing my weaknesses. Along with revision, I also devoted my time in solving test papers and taking mock tests to brush up my exam taking skills and decided on the final exam day strategy. On an average, I used to spend 7 to 8 hours for studying. Some days I even stretched the study hours for 9 to 10 hours in case of special assignments or class or mock test preparation. Before 2 weeks to JEE Advanced, I reduced the number of hours on studying and spent 1 to 2 hours daily to keep myself de-stressed and refreshed for the actual exam day.
Careers360: Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest according to you in the JEE Advanced? How did you find the difficulty level of the exam?
Aman Bansal: For me, the easiest sections to attempt were Physics and Mathematics since these are also my favourite subjects. Chemistry was my weak area. The overall difficulty level of the exam for me was moderate to tough.
Careers360: Now that you are the topper of JEE Advanced, what do you think was the key factor behind your spectacular performance in the exam?
Aman Bansal: I would say my mentors and peers were the biggest factors behind my success. My mentors and guides at my coaching institute helped me immensely right from clarifying the concepts to providing the right study materials, test papers, analyzing my mistakes and suggesting ways of rectifying those errors and improving my performance. Secondly, my classmates gave me the idea of the competition I have. With regular interaction with fellow JEE aspirants I learnt various nuances of preparation, tips and tricks. I also went for group studies with them which were immensely helpful.
Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary to crack JEE Advanced exam?
Aman Bansal: For me, it was very necessary as without the right guidance aspirants are mostly clueless about the right preparation strategy. They may not get through the right study materials and mock tests. Even if one opts to solve the test papers himself, getting them checked by mentors and following their feedback is very important.
Careers360: It was quite a busy preparation schedule for you. Could you find time to connect with your friends during your preparation?
Aman Bansal: Yes of course, I took out some time from my study schedule to catch up with my friends. Since most of my friends were from my school and coaching institute, I did not have to give much effort to keep in touch with them. I even went out for a couple of outings with them to relax my mind. However, I made sure that I do not waste much time or strain myself during the process.
Careers360: Are you active on Facebook or any other social media platform? Did you turn to any recreational activity before appearing for JEE Advanced exam?
Aman Bansal: I was active on Facebook and few other social media platforms as member of JEE Main and Advanced preparation groups and communities. I did not spend my time on chatting or other non-constructive activities in social media.
I love sports and played badminton regularly. Even before my exams, I used to play ocassionally to refresh myself. I am also very fond of playing indoor games. I believe that some recreational activity is definitely required as no one can study constantly without break.
Careers360: Which is your preferred IIT and engineering branch?
Aman Bansal: I am aiming to take admission in IIT Bombay in Computer Science Engineering.
Careers360: Please share your message for JEE aspirants who will be appearing for the entrance exam next year.
Aman Bansal: Regular studies are very important. Utilize your time properly. While studying, underline and highlight the important parts. Discuss with your peers and faculty members to explore various problem solving techniques. Maintain a healthy competition with your peers. Do not get stressed and give your best shot with 100% confidence.
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