Akshat Chugh - the JEE Advanced topper from Pune is ecstatic. The JEE Advanced 2017 result was a dream come true. The Pune lad has scored an All India rank of 2 in JEE Advanced – a no mean feat considering that around 1,75000 students appeared for the exam after clearing the JEE Main. Akshat is not new to success. Having scored an All India rank of 7 in JEE Main 2017 too, he attributes his success to two years of focussed and strategic preparation as well as the mentors at his coaching institute. His inspiration is none other than Albert Einstein. The ambiguous questions in the JEE Advanced 2017 paper did give him anxious moments but the declaration of the answer key cleared all doubts on that front. Since he had attempted the said questions JEE Advanced, he feels that the bonus marks were beneficial to him. His mantra for success is to stay focuses on the goal, have the right kind of strategy and manage the resources well. In a conversation with Careers360, Akshat talks about the different aspects of the preparation for JEE Advanced 2017 and provides some vital tips to the future aspirants.
Careers 360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Akshat Chugh: I was expecting to be among the toppers as after the declaration of the answer key; the coaching institute had compiled it and they had calculated the marks. Yesterday after the declaration of the bonus marks, I was a bit tensed, though I had got the questions right. I am extremely happy after securing the second rank.
Careers 360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Akshat Chugh: I studied at Delhi Public School- Pune. I have passed from CBSE board.
Careers 360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017? What is your all India rank and category rank? What were the marks that you scored in each subject?
Akshat Chugh: I had scored 335 marks in JEE Advanced. My All India Rank is 2. The marks scored by me in each subject are:
Careers 360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Akshat Chugh: I was always interested in studying Mathematics and Physics. Most importantly I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to study in the best institutes and it’s a dream come true to be able to do so.
Careers 360: When did you start your JEE Advanced 2017 Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Akshat Chugh: I started studying in class 9 and 10 itself but it was only when I was in class 11 that I decided to seriously pursue engineering as a career therefore it was important that I crack the JEE exam. As far as preparation is concerned, after school hours, I used to attend the classes at my coaching institute for three hours. Once, I returned from the coaching institute, I used to do self- study and every night I would study for at least one hour.
It is important that you have a clear strategy. The more important thing than that is to follow it.
Careers 360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Akshat Chugh: As far as JEE Main preparation is concerned it is more about memorizing the formulae and speed accompanied with accuracy. While one is preparing for JEE Advanced, there has to be clarity of concepts. If you have studied properly, then you need to relax before JEE Advanced.
Careers 360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Akshat Chugh: Since there was only one and half month left for the JEE Advanced after I gave the JEE Main 2017 exam, I used to attend classes at my coaching centrte for at least six hours per day. In addition, I spent whatever time I got in self-study. I used to do the assignments that were given to me at the coaching institute.
Careers 360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Akshat Chugh: I had taken coaching at Bakliwal tutorials. The biggest benefit of coaching is that the teachers over there keep you motivated. One tends to remain focussed and the coaching institutes help in clearing the doubts.
Careers 360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practise with the help of these? Do you think practising from the previous year papers help and how?
Akshat Chugh: We solved the question papers all throughout the year while preparing for both JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Solving sample papers help you to analyze your weak areas. It is important to solve the mock question papers throughout your preparation.
Careers 360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Akshat Chugh: I studied from all the standard books for JEE Advanced. There are no special text books otherwise. The syllabus is the same; just a slight difference in the approach is needed. Some books I can recommend are
1. Physics – H. C. Verma
2. Mathematics – Cengagae Series
3. Chemistry- Balaji publications, N. Avasthi, M.S Chauhan
Careers 360: Did you face any problem during the JEE Advanced examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest in JEE Advanced? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the JEE Advanced exam? What is the difference between Paper 1and Paper 2 of JEE Advanced 2017.
Akshat Chugh: There were few questions which were ambiguous. Partial marking in Chemistry helped me a lot. I would have got 14 marks less if there was no partial marking. In JEE Advanced 2017, Chemistry was the toughest and Maths was the easiest. The most important thing is to manage the time while writing the JEE Advanced exam. One should decide beforehand and accordingly attempt the questions on the exam day. Stress on the strong points and develop them more. Do not discuss anything with anyone in the time between paper 1 and paper 2 during the exam.
Careers 360: The answer keys revealed bonus marks for 5 questions. Dis you answer those questions? What was your reaction while answering them and after the answer key announced the bonus marks?
Akshat Chugh: I attempted the questions for which bonus marks were awarded. I was confident that the answers to some were incorrect while the other questions were ambiguous.
Careers 360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Akshat Chugh: The teachers at the Bakliwal Tutorials were very supportive and helpful. I would like to give them credit for my success.
Careers 360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Akshat Chugh: At the time of preparation, it is important to take a break to de-stress but it is vital not to lose focus. One can get addicted to breaks if one is not careful. My hobbies included reading. I used to watch T.V Shows and sports channels. However, during my JEE preparation, I could not pursue my hobby completely.
Careers 360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Akshat Chugh: My biggest inspiration is Albert Einstein, because he is a genius. The other person I look up to is my father.
Careers 360: You know you are an inspiration to thousands of students across the country. Do you have any message for future aspirants on tackling the JEE Advanced exam?
Akshat Chugh: My message to the future aspirants of JEE exam is that they should have a clear cut strategy for preparation. Merely studying for fifteen hours will not help much. One needs to be focussed and clear.
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