Unlike the other days, June 11 turned out to be a bit special for Jaipur boy Devansh Garg who secured All India Rank (AIR) 19 in JEE Advanced 2017. It was a joyous moment for this Jaipur boy who is an avid gamer and a computer enthusiast. Devansh found his inner calling in his childhood when he recognised his love for computers. The topper believes that hard work when coupled with stress-free preparation, ensures a greater possibility of cracking the IIT admission test. Having scored 320 out of 366, the topper wants to pursue Computer Engineering and make a name for himself in the gaming world. In an interview with Careers360, the champion from the Garg Clan wears his heart on his sleeves while sharing his journey of the preparation phase.
Excepts from the Interview:
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Devansh Garg: Thank you! Though I am happy but not as I should have been, as I could not manage to meet my expectation to be in the top 10 rank holders.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Devansh Garg: My Father is an Electrical Engineer who runs his own business and my Mother is a Chemistry Professor. I have studied at Jayshree Periwal High School, Jaipur which is under CBSE Board.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017? What is your all India rank and category rank?
Devansh Garg: My score in JEE Advanced 2017 is 320 out of 366. In Mathematics, I secured 118, in Physics 110 and in Chemistry, I could manage to score 92 marks. As I am from Open Category, my category rank and All India Rank (AIR) are same – 19.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Devansh Garg: I am very passionate about gaming and I want to make my career in this domain only. This is the reason that I want to study Engineering and pursue Computer Science.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Devansh Garg: I had started preparing for JEE Advanced from a very early stage while I was in class 8. In 8th, 9th and 10th class, I took coaching from FIIT-JEE whereas in class 11th and 12, I switched my coaching to Allen Kota.
There was no special strategy for preparation. The days when I had coaching classes, I would study 5-6 hours, while on other days, my study routine would be 8-9 hours a day. I would try to maintain this routine throughout.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Devansh Garg: Yes, I did. From class 8 to 10, I took coaching from FIIT-JEE, while in class 11th and 12th I was enrolled in Allen coaching classes. In my view, though coaching is not mandatory, however, there are some advantages of coaching which you will not get the benefit of with self-study. The biggest among the benefits is that at the coaching you get a competitive environment. Coaching helps you clear your doubts and understand the concepts fundamentally. You can discuss, ask the clear your doubts wherever you have a challenge. They also recommend some books to you. Motivation by the faculty and the study material they provide is also quite helpful.
Careers360: 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?
Devansh Garg: I did not take any other sample papers or mock tests, but the only one which were provided to me by the coaching institute. I think if we practice them seriously and sincerely, then they are sufficient for cracking the exam.
Careers360: 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?
Devansh Garg: I could attempt and complete my paper well in advance. For me, it was an easy paper. Amongst the sections, Mathematics was the easiest, Chemistry moderate and Physics toughest. As I faced no challenge in attempting the paper and completing it, I think, there is nothing tough to manage.
Careers360: The answer keys revealed bonus marks for 5 questions. Did you answer those questions? What was your reaction while answering them and after the answer key announced the bonus marks?
Devansh Garg: Yes, out of the 18 bonus marks given for 5 questions, my answers against 4 questions were correct. Only 1 with 3 marks was incorrect in Physics section. So, the bonus marks come with little benefit for me.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Devansh Garg: I would recommend the following books for JEE preparation:
Book Name with Author
Mathematics by G.Tiwani (Pearson)
Physics by G.Tiwani (Pearson)
Chemistry by M.S. Chouhan (Pearson)
Chemistry by JD Lee
Chemistry by Atkins
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Devansh Garg: Confidence, hard work and not taking pressure are some key elements for me. We must not study everything. Do a little research and find out the syllabus and study as per that. Also, we must not study all the time. In my own preparation, I used to study 3 hours, then would take a break and sit again. I feel not studying under pressure or not being stressed is what is of utmost importance which I myself did.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Devansh Garg: I have hobbies like playing cricket, watching TV, playing computer games, movies, however, I had no time to pursue them in the last 2 years. Though I would take small breaks, but could not pursue my hobbies in entirety.
Careers360: 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?
Devansh Garg: I would say believe in yourself that you can do it and do not feel any pressure of the long hours study or preparation.
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