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The boy from Haryana woke up to a splendid morning on June 11, 2017. The day of JEE Advanced 2017 result came as a delightful surprise to Saurav Yadav and his family, with the boy making a mark and gaining an All India Rank of 6 in the country's toughest engineering exam. Saurav belongs to Pilar in the Bhiwani district of Haryana and he loves playing computer games. He is a student of Bhagat Public School, Kota and has plans to study computer science engineering in IIT Bombay. With sheer hard work and dedication, Saurav jumped on to an AIR of 6 in JEE Advanced from AIR of 108 in JEE Main 2017. He believes in working hard on his weak areas. Saurav shares his preparation strategies for JEE Advanced and his future plans in an exclusive interview with Careers360. Read the excerpts of the conversation below:
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Saurav: Thank you so much. I was very excited and happy with my rank. I never expected to be among top 10 rankers of JEE Advanced 2017.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Saurav: My father is in CRPF, posted in Jammu & Kashmir and my mother was working as a teacher before she shifted with me for my studies. I belong to Palri village which is in Bhiwani district of Haryana.
I have completed my class XII with 95.2% from Bhagat Public School, Kota affiliated to CBSE.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017? What is your All India Rank and Category Rank?
Saurav: My score in JEE Advanced 2017 is 330 out of 366. I scored 105 in Physics, 109 in Chemistry and 116 in Mathematics. My All India Rank is 6 and OBC-NCL Rank is 3.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decide to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Saurav: When I reached in class XI, I got to know that JEE Advanced is the toughest engineering exam of the country and I wanted to test my abilities by appearing into the exam. Moreover, my uncle and cousin are software engineers so I had that motivation from them since the very beginning of my exam preparation. I want to study computer science engineering from IIT Bombay simply because I am interested in it.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Saurav: I started my JEE Advanced preparation in class XI. I used to study for 5 hours in my coaching classes on week days and would appear in the test conducted by them every Sunday. I used to call upon my teachers there whenever in doubt.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Saurav: I didn't prepare for JEE Main separately. I prepared for JEE Advanced. My aim from the very start was to crack JEE Advanced 2017 exam. I could prepare well for JEE Main with my board exams as the syllabus for both of them was almost the same. I studied from NCERT books for JEE Main because most of the questions for the exam come from NCERT, while for JEE Advanced I referred to my coaching class notes.
Careers360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Saurav: As you know we were studying Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for past two years, so I could prepare for Physics and Mathematics well but Chemistry is one such subject that you have to study again and again to get a proper grip on it. It's more theoretical so my maximum time went into studying Chemistry during the last days of my preparation.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you? What was the difference in Paper-1 & Paper-2 of JEE Advanced 2017?
Saurav: Yes, I took coaching from Resonance, Kota. In my case coaching played a vital role as I could work on my speed and accuracy because of it. My teachers in coaching helped me polish my weak areas. I could avoid my silly mistakes because of regular tests conducted by Resonance.
Paper-2 was tough but it turned out to be beneficial for me because in Resonance, we were prepared for a tough exam. The question papers we used to solve during our tests were quite difficult so JEE Advanced exam appeared to me as easy. I have secured more marks in Paper-2.
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?
Saurav: During two years of my preparation for JEE Advanced, I appeared for all the tests conducted by my coaching centre on every Sunday. When the exam days were near, we were given tests twice a week. I think solving previous year papers help because you get to know the pattern, difficulty level and important topics on which questions could be asked in the exam.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Saurav: I mainly studied from my class notes for JEE Advanced but I practised questions from some books recommended by my teachers. I referred to Irodov, Krotov and H.C.Verma for Physics. I didn't refer to any extra books for Chemistry but for Maths, it was S.L. Loney that helped me.
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?
Saurav: Yes, during Paper-1 of JEE Advanced, my finger prints didn't match because of which I was nervous throughout the exam. For me, Chemistry was the toughest of all the three sections in Paper-1 & Paper-2 and Mathematics was the easiest.
I think accuracy is the most important thing to be kept in mind while giving the exam, especially in JEE Main because I think it’s an easy exam and when the paper is easy then we do not stress our brain, therefore, we end up losing our marks. However, when the paper is tough, it’s the exact opposite, we stress our brain during the exam and it works properly giving good results.
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?
Saurav: I answered all the questions for which bonus marks were awarded. So, bonus marks were of no help to me, in fact my rank moved down because of it.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Saurav: I think my teachers helped me get through the exam successfully, especially for Chemistry. I think smart work helps. I used to analyse my weaknesses and worked accordingly on them. My mother also helped me during my preparation.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Saurav: I used to play computer games. I also used to listen to music for relaxation and play badminton once in two weeks.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Saurav: I don't have an ideal because I think every person is unique by themselves.
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?
Saurav: I would like to suggest that concentrate on improving yourself by constantly analysing and working on your weak areas. Don’t bother about ranks or marks, instead concentrate on answering correctly. The marks and ranks will follow.
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