JEE Advanced 2017 Topper Interview: Sarvesh Mehtani (AIR 1) - Chandigarh boy, Sarvesh Mehtani grabbed the first rank in JEE Advanced 2017 scoring a total of 339 marks. Not an easy feat to accomplish, Sarvesh who hails from Panchkula has completed his studies from a CBSE background and had secured AIR 55 in JEE Mains 2017. Aiming to pursue Computer Science programme, Sarvesh Mehtani spoke to Careers360 about his climb from JEE Main AIR 55 to JEE Advanced AIR 1, regular preparation, the importance of mock tests and how coaching provided him with a huge support during his journey towards his dream education in IITs. Read the full article for the detailed JEE Advanced 2017 Topper Interview - Sarvesh Mehtani (AIR 1).
Careers360: First of all, congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Sarvesh Mehtani: Thank you so much. After knowing my rank it feels wonderful.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Sarvesh Mehtani: The name of the school which I attended is Bhawan Vidyalaya, Panchkula and it is a CBSE affiliated school.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017? What is your All India rank and category rank?
Sarvesh Mehtani: My total score in JEE Advanced is 339. I belong to the General Category and my All India Rank is 1. For Mathematics i scored 120 marks, 104 marks in Physics and 115 in Chemistry.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decide to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I wanted to study engineering after watching 3 idiots. The branch that I am interested in is Computer Science.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I had a very regular preparation. The total preparation for JEE Main and JEE Advanced was a little different. I think the preparation should be normally done till 12th standard with the 10th and 12th syllabus and everyone should orient themselves a little towards the JEE Mains because there are little extra topics. But after the JEE Mains are done, you can start preparation for JEE Advanced. I think I prepared 2 months for JEE Main and around 2 or 1 and a half months for JEE Advanced. I think that much of time is enough.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Sarvesh Mehtani: It was nothing different. Just that for JEE Advanced, there is a high amount of pressure as compared to other exams.
Careers360: Did you take JEE Main 2017 examination in online or offline mode?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I took the JEE Main 2017 exam in offline mode as everyone seemed to opt for that.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I took coaching from Lakshya Institute. The benefits of coaching were huge. I was supported throughout the journey by the institute and they also acted as mentors to me.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practice with the help of these? Do you think to practice from the previous year papers help and how?
Sarvesh Mehtani: Yes, mock tests are crucial. It is very important to orient yourselves towards the different patterns that the exam can have. I practised mock tests at least once in 3 or 2 days. I practised overall mock test and not subject wise as in the last month the preparation should consist of complete revision and not particular topics.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I used many subject wise books. I did not use any special books during the preparation.
Careers360: What is the main difference between both the two papers in JEE Advanced?
Sarvesh Mehtani: There was no difference between the two papers of JEE Advanced 2017.
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?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I did not face many problems during the JEE Advanced 2017 examination. The time factor was not as issue as the paper was less lengthy as compared to previous year papers.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Sarvesh Mehtani: My inspiration is Sir Narayana Murthy.
Careers360: How do you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies?
Sarvesh Mehtani: I love playing Badminton to de-stress myself during preparation.
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