Debaditya Pramanik is no stranger to success as the Kolkata boy is already the WBJEE 2017 topper. He was also the West Bengal topper in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class X. If that is not enough, he was a gold medal winner in the Physics Olympiad that was co-hosted by Switzerland and Lichtenstein last year. And now, he has topped all that by clinching the 38th rank in JEE Advanced 2017; he is also the eastern region topper. Debaditya is understandably ecstatic about the result though he was expecting to do better in the exam. A student of Birla High School, Debaditya believes in quality study over slogging for long hours, as it is what did the trick for him. He states that he studied on average 3 and half hours a day, when classes were in session, a far cry from the 9-10 hours cited by many other students. In the interview that follows, you will find interesting aspects of Debaditya and how he went about preparing for JEE Advanced.
Careers360: Congratulations on your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017. What was reaction on finding out your score?
Debaditya Pramanik: I felt very happy at the result.
Careers360: What is your JEE Advanced 2017 Rank?
Debaditya Pramanik: I have scored AIR 38 in the entrance exam.
Careers360: Were you expecting such continuous success in your academic career?
Debaditya Pramanik: After the exam I was confident that I would do well in the exam; the result vindicated my belief.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for JEE Advanced 2017?
Debaditya Pramanik: I started my preparation for JEE Advanced 2017 by first becoming familiar with the syllabus when I was in Class X. I started with making plans so that I could dedicate enough time for every topic.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the entrance exam?
Debaditya Pramanik: I made it a point to understand the concepts of every topic and practised lots of problems. I backed it up by regular revision.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Advanced 2017?
Debaditya Pramanik: Yes. I used practice material of FIITJEE, which helped in my preparation. To strengthen topics which were my weak areas, I relied on practice sets. My teachers also assisted me whenever I needed some help, like clearing concepts.
Careers360: How did you manage your time and studies?
Debaditya Pramanik: There are certain myths related to how one should study. Like some suggest you get up very early in the morning while others prefer to study late into the night.
When class was in session, I had to leave early for school and managed only to study for around three and a half hours daily. But I ensured that those three-and-half hours were of very high quality and that I was fully absorbed. On other days, I had to attend FITJEE classes, but the mornings were free. So, I could easily study from 9 in the morning till noon.
Careers360: The way you have fared so well in the CBSE, WBJEE, and now JEE Advanced 2017, makes it clear that you are strong in all subjects. Still which is your favourite subject?
Debaditya Pramanik: Physics and Mathematics are my most favourite subjects.
Careers360: What are your future plans?
Debaditya Pramanik: I want to study Physics and then I want to do research studies.
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