JEE Advanced 2017 Topper Interview - Akshat Chugh (AIR 2) “Clear cut strategy, focussed preparation, is the key to success”
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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Viduth( ) refers to the electricity in its native form whereas vaiduth ( ) is the term for electrical appliances or machines running on electricity . It's basically the application of electricity.
I hope this helps.
If I take admission in NIT KKR Mechanical branch in 2020.Whether can I attend Jeemains 2021 and Jee Advance 2021 again.Please answer.
If you take admission this year and want to reappear for jee 2021 then you will have to pay the fees for all the four years in NIT KKR. And you cannot focus both on jee and your first year of engineering equally either of your preparation will degrade and you might end up losing both. If you are sure that you will get a better college than nit kkr and are confident only then consider taking a drop because handling both jee and engineering at once is difficult and will exhaust soon. Hope my answer solved your query. All the best
can I will start preparation for jee advanced 2025
As you want to prepare for jee advanced 2025, then I can assume that you are in class 8th and you will go to class 9th in 2021. And you will pass your board exams in year 2025.
Now an early prepration of these national level exams are very good sign of interest. And if you prepare early there is a chance that you will become a diamond in coming next years in field of jee advanced. Many students start preparing fron 6th class or 8th or 9th class, for getting best results in jee advanced.
So, you can also prepare for jee advanced 2025. You can join some coachings or you can start early preparation by self studies. Some of the good books for foundation courses are - IIT foundation book sereis by Pearson or TMH.
You can complete the book hc verma in class 9th. And read higher classes books in your current class.
So start preparing early to get a good ranks in jee advanced and also note that, if you are serious for jee advanced then definitely you can succeed.
can you suggest any preparation course or any platform for jee advanced 2025 and neet 2025 (including 12th board 2025)
You have a lot of time to prepare for jee mains and jee advanced 2020.Since you will be giving jee in 2025, as per calculation you must be studying 8th class.So this is the right time to get command over even small topics in difficult subjects like maths and physics.More than maths, please concentrate more on physics as physics will be difficult for both jee and neet and both the examinations have negative marks as per 2020 pattern.Keep learning concepts , understand them and don't leave any topic unattended.Students who are strong in foundations in the subject have greater chances of scoring really well in jee or neet.
You can refer online platforms like
- khan academy
for online video concepts to get your doubts solved
can I crack iit jee in 14 months ?how many hrs should I have to study?
Nothing is impossible if you are determined.
Remember that self study and analysis is the most powerful tool to crack any exam.
Don't forget to strengthen your core concepts of each subject with NCERT.
Apart from this you need to take proper guidance ( if you are a newbie ) so you can either take classroom or correspondence Couse provided by various institutions.
If not interested , then do study and practice questions from books provided by Arihant publications for JEE preparation as they do cover a majority of topics and questions which are essential for jee preparation and gives boost to your preparations.
Then you can definitely achieve your aim in your quoted time.
I hope this helps
Best of luck