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When your dream is to do something different and break the shackles, then sheer will and determination helps you come out in flying colours. This is exactly what JEE Advanced 2017 Topper among girls, Ramya Narayanasamy accomplished. Her ambition to be an entrepreneur, develop a 3D product by pursuing virtual reality projects inspired her since class 8 to attempt JEE. Now, Ramya, who scored an AIR 35 in JEE Advanced 2017 is on her way to study her dream subject namely computer science at IIT Bombay. The busy schedule of her preparation for JEE Advanced did not prevent the young girl to spend time with her family and sisters to de-stress when needed. Ramya also pursued her hobby of reading novels during the course of her JEE preparation. Despite her accomplishment, Ramya rates knowledge above everything as she believes that the former is more valuable, while rank is merely a number.
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I was overwhelmed when I got to know about the result. I expected good rank in JEE Advanced 2017 but never thought I will be the topper amongst the girls.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I studied in Mohuns Grammar High School, old Malakpet, Hyderabad, up to Class 8 and then I moved to Narayana School. I studied Class 11 & 12 from Sri Chaitanya Narayana’s IIT Academy at Madhapur. My father is a Chartered Accountant and my mother is the Principal at Mohuns Grammar High School.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017? What is your all India rank and category rank? What are the marks that you scored in each subject?
Ramya Narayanasamy: My score in JEE Advanced 2017 is 316 out of 366 marks and I secured AIR 35. Under the girls category in JEE Advanced 2017, I am the all India topper.
I scored 300 marks in JEE Main out of 360 and my AIR was 338.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I am interested in the fields of Augmented Intelligence and Virtual Reality. Therefore, I have decided to pursue graduation in Computer Science from IIT Bombay. After completing my engineering, I want to be an entrepreneur. I hope to develop a 3D product by pursuing virtual reality projects. I decided to study engineering when I was in class 8.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Ramya Narayanasamy:I started my preparation for JEE Main and JEE Advanced from first year of my Intermediate. I focussed completely on clearing the basic concepts during the initial stage of preparation. I use to put 8 to 10 hours of preparation daily.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Ramya Narayanasamy: JEE Advanced requires more in-depth study of the topics as compared to JEE Main. The approach also needs to differ.So I started preparing for the extra topics and then shifted my focus on thought provoking problems. I solved the question papers of previous years, learnt to manage my time and prepared myself for any kind of question paper.
Careers360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I focussed on thought provoking problems. I dedicated 8 to 10 hours in a day to my studies. While studying, I also practiced the technique of relaxation. This is actually very important as one cannot be successful under stress or pressure.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Ramya Narayanasamy: Yes, I studied in the college which also prepares the students for the JEE Advanced. It was very beneficial. They not only focussed on our weak areas but scientifically prepared the schedules so as to get the best out of us. They also worked towards making us mentally strong for the examination.
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?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I practised a few sample papers but our college conducted examinations every alternate days. The difficulty level of the questions varied every time. These mock exams helped us to manage the time. Different pattern of questions in terms of marks that were asked in these exams helped me to perform well in the JEE Advanced exam.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Ramya Narayanasamy: There were no specific books that I studied from. I basically studied from the CBSE, State board books and those which were recommended by the college.
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? What is the difference between Paper 1and Paper 2 of JEE Advanced 2017?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I did not face any problem because this year the number of questions were limited (less), so time was not a factor. I always did my paper II better than then Paper I in my college examination and I did the same during the JEE Advanced exam.
Careers360: 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?
Ramya Narayanasamy: Yes, I answered all the questions. It is just that it was slightly time consuming, but as I have already said, time was not factor this time so this did not affect me at all. As in cricket / sports we say that the decision of the umpire is final, in this case I totally agree that the decision of IIT Madras is final.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Ramya Narayanasamy: Hard work, confidence and perseverance are the road maps to success and I followed this path.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Ramya Narayanasamy: In order to de-stress myself, I used to read novels and spend time with my sisters and family members.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Ramya Narayanasamy: No one in particular but my grandmother is an inspiration for me with regard to concentration and long hours of hard work. Thank you Patti (grandmother in tamil).
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?
Ramya Narayanasamy: I want to advise future JEE aspirants to clear their basics, remain calm and not bother about the exam; just give your best. I personally feel that ranks are merely a number; it is your knowledge which matters in the long run.
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