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Gaurav Didwania has not stopped celebrating ever since he got his JEE Advanced 2016 result. And why should he? The topper from Jaipur has scored an incredible 292 to be ranked on the 9th position among the top 10 scorers of JEE Advanced 2016. Gaurav, who plans to study Computer Science from IIT Bombay, believes that his parents’ positive support helped him in a big way to crack what is known to be the toughest undergraduate entrance exam in the country. When asked about his preparation strategy, Gaurav revealed that he strictly followed the rule of having no fixed schedule and gave maximum 5-6 hours to his studies regularly. But what this topper did understand perfectly was how to channelise his strengths and weaknesses smartly.
In this interview with Careers360, Gaurav Didwania shares his simple yet effective preparation strategy and how an active support system of parents and teachers helped him crack JEE Advanced 2016.
Read the full interview below:
Careers360: Congratulations on your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2016! Are you surprised?
Gaurav Didwania: Thank you so much! It’s a fantastic feeling. Yes, I am a bit surprised. I thought I would be among the top 50 but being in the top 10 list was a surprise and a very good one indeed. I have been celebrating with my family ever since I got my scores.
Careers360: That’s great! How are your parents reacting to your result?
Gaurav Didwania: They seem to be very happy, of course. My family has been very supportive throughout this time. They have motivated me in every step. What helped me was that while they had expectations from me, they channelised it in positive way. Best part was that they gave me my space. There was no interference. They let me prepare at my own pace and style. Of course, there was a little pressure but I think without pressure it is difficult to crack an exam such as JEE.
Careers360: Talking about cracking the exam, how much have you scored? What about your Mains score?
Gaurav Didwania: My score in JEE Advanced is 292 while that for Mains was 304.
Careers360: You have scored incredibly well in both the tests. Tell us how did you prepare for JEE? Was there any particular strategy that helped you?
Gaurav Didwania: Honestly, I did not have any specific strategy in mind but yes, I did go about my preparation smartly. Physics has always been my strong suit so I focused on it so that I can solve any question that comes in this section. While Chemistry required some attention, in Maths, I took up topics that I was comfortable with and were relevant as I knew there was no point trying to attempt questions and topics that were too hard. Moreover, I did not have any specific schedule. I hardly studied for 5-6 hours a day and the best part was that I studied according to my mood!
During my exam, too, my priorities were same. I was confident in Physics and Chemistry so I attempted them first and did not waste much time in questions that I could not solve in Mathematics. The idea was to make sure that I got the correct answer for whichever question I was attempting rather than losing points in questions that I unsure of.
Careers360: Do you think coaching is necessary to crack JEE Advanced exam?
Gaurav Didwania: I would say yes. Coaching becomes important if you want to clear an exam like JEE. It is not that you cannot study yourself. In fact, self-study is most important. However, you need guidance and a direction for these kinds of exam which schools do not necessarily prepare you for. Not just coaching, mock tests are also very important if you want to crack JEE. There is no point of just preparing and not testing your skills in an actual time bound environment.
Also, in coaching classes you are exposed to a very competitive friend circle who help you to understand where you stand.
Careers360: So did your friend's circle influence your preparation?
Gaurav Didwania: Yes, they definitely did. Having a good peer group always helps. You get a group of people who are working in the same direction which ultimately enhances your sense of competition. Also, you don't always go to a teacher to clarify your doubts. It helps to have friends who can help you in such instances.
Careers360: What now? Do you have any institute in mind? What about your preferred branch?
Gaurav Didwania: Yes. I want to join IIT, Bombay. I want to be part of the Computer Science department.
Careers360: Why do you want to pursue Computer Science?
Gaurav Didwania: First, my seniors tell me there’s a lot of scope in this field. Even otherwise, Computer Science has become an inevitable branch of study in every field. Besides, I enjoy programming and want to learn about it in-depth. There are many research opportunities available in this field, too. So, why not Computer Science?
I have not really thought beyond IIT right now. I might have a plan now but I could change it later. So, currently my plan is to pursue the programme. I will decide my future course of action during my studies.
Careers360: Enough about studies now! Tell us about your life beyond JEE.
Gaurav Didwania: I am basically from Jaipur and have cleared my 12th from the Cambridge Court High School. I enjoy sports, specifically, cricket like every boy in India! Besides that I spent most of my time watching movies. I am a movie buff. In fact, now that I a free I plan to watch many of the movies that I have missing out on for the last few months.
Careers360: Wow! Movies sound interesting. What’s in your favorite category?
Gaurav Didwania: My category is diverse. I will watch any movie that I enjoy. There is no particular genre that I enjoy. However, I am big fan of the Harry Potter series!
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