JEE Advanced 2017 Topper Interview: Yash Khemchandani (AIR 16) - Dreaming of becoming a future video game designer, the hardwork of Yash Khemchandani has finally paid off. Yash, a student of BVP Vidyashram, Jaipur has secured All India Rank (AIR) 16 in the examination of JEE Advanced 2017. An avid game lover, Yash started nurturing his dream of becoming a Computer Science engineering ever since he was in 8th standard. Gaining a total score of 323 in JEE Advanced, the Jaipur boy has now set his eyes to study Computer Science Engineering from IIT Bombay. Check his full interview, as he talks to Careers360 about how sample papers affected his preparation method, why relaxation is also important and how he chose engineering as his future along with much more.
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Yash Khemchandani: Thank You! I was quite happy. After the examination i was quite sure that i would be ranked in the Top 50, but i was not sure i would get such a good rank so after the result was announced i was completely surprised and happy.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Yash Khemchandani: I studied in BVP Vidyashram, Jaipur. My board was CBSE.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2017? What is your all India rank and category rank?
Yash Khemchandani: My total score in JEE Advanced 2017 is 323 and my All India Rank is 16.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Yash Khemchandani: I was always a fan of games in 8th and 9th standard. I used to play a lot of games in PSP and Computer. So i had set up my mind to become a Video Game Designer and for that i have to pursue Computer Science Engineering. So that is what kept me motivated. I want to pursue Computer Science Engineering in IIT Bombay.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Yash Khemchandani: I have been enrolled in institutes from 8th standard and since then i have gained inputs about IITs. However, my main preparation started from 11th standard. As for my preparation strategy, i used to solve sample papers through which i would think of strategies on how to attempt the questions and manage time. So first of all, i used to go for coaching and i revised whatever they taught us for about 4 hours followed by 2 hours of revision, 3 hours to solve the given homework and if there were no homework i would solve practice papers. So my routine was about 9 hours of study per day.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Yash Khemchandani: I did not prepare much for JEE Main 2017. My focus was more on JEE Advanced. One month before JEE Main, classes had started in the coaching institute to cover the syllabus but this was not done for JEE Advanced. I only covered those topics in JEE Main which were not common. I referred from NCERT and practiced the questions.
Careers360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Yash Khemchandani: Allen conducted approximately one paper each day. I used to attempt that and come back home and reanalyze my answers and if i got time i attempted another paper on my own. Mainly i used to attempt just sample papers and just one week before the exam i started revision from my notes. Finally, 3 or 4 days before the examination, i stopped preparing and relaxed.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Yash Khemchandani: I took coaching from Allen Institute. The teachers guided me and the institute informed us all about JEE Advanced. All of the materials they provided were very helpful. If i had any problems, i could ask them comfortably.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practice with the help of these? Do you think practicing from the previous year papers help and how?
Yash Khemchandani: Yes i practiced from Mock Tests a lot. Obviously, you have to study from the books too. Just attempting papers without having any knowledge does not help you at all. Whenever the coaching institute asked me to read anything, i read it. I feel there is no point attempting the papers if your course is not over.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Yash Khemchandani: Nothing special. I referred to the NCERT books and the papers and materials provided by the coaching institute.
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?
Yash Khemchandani: I did not face any problems during the examination. The paper was actually easier than the previous year. In my case, i finished my paper half an hour early. I think Mathematics was the easiest and Chemistry was the toughest subjects in the exam.
Time management for some people was a problem. But i think the main problem for this year’s paper was attempting the questions in a way that the JEE Advanced question paper wanted us to attempt that. There were many controversial questions whose correct response were very different from the answer key given by the institute as well as the answer key given by IIT Madras. So i think attempting all the questions while thinking about the concept behind it was crucial for securing marks.
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?
Yash Khemchandani: Yes i had answered those questions. Actually according to many answer key, they had not given any bonus questions and we had already calculate the scores. 2 bonuses were there for paper inconsistency and we had already considered them. As per the official answer key, only one bonus question of mine was marked correct. Two questions were already marked as correct during the score calculation period so as such i did not get any benefit from the bonus marks.
Careers360: How is Paper I of JEE Advanced different from Paper II?
Yash Khemchandani: Paper I was easier than Paper II. Paper I consisted of basic concepts of all chapters. Paper II was more thought based. Both papers were not that time consuming but comparatively, for Paper II you had to think a lot on the questions especially Physics.
Careers360: JEE Advanced has negative marking! So did you attempt those questions which you were not very sure of?
Yash Khemchandani: I left those questions. There was partial marking too. Multi correct questions were those questions on which i had to concentrate. Single correct and other were not so difficult but multi correct were the hard ones. So in multi correct, i had the advantage that if i knew only one answer then i only attempted that question. There were many questions where i hardly got 1 mark since i attempted only one.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Yash Khemchandani: Hardwork, determination and keeping your cool. Do not lose your patience. Just go with whatever your instinct tells you to do. Be calm and stay positive.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Yash Khemchandani: I played cricket and went out with my friends. I even used to watch some television.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Yash Khemchandani: My father is my biggest inspiration because he had to struggle a lot to do his job. So even I have to do a good job, secure a good rank and i will be able to support them.
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?
Yash Khemchandani: Improve your concepts and practice. Take help from 2 year coaching materials, NCERT books and Sample Papers. Be calm and stay positive. Do not over stress or overburden yourself. Go out and relax yourself.
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