JEE Advanced 2018 topper interview- Guttu Sai Abhishek (AIR 31) “Concentration & time management a key to success”
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JEE Advanced 2018 topper interview- Guttu Sai Abhishek (AIR 31) - Guttu Sai Abhishek who secured 296 marks in JEE Advanced 2018 is on the cloud nine after coming in the list of toppers.  The results brought in such a high measure of happiness considering that he is one of the topper of JEE Advanced 2018 securing AIR 31 in open category and AIR 5 as OBC rank. Guttu interacted with Careers360 about his success, his strategy to prepare for the entrance exam, his future goals etc. Currently seeking admission in IIT’s in Computer Science branch, Guttu attributes his success to his sheer determination and focus towards his goal. He believes that exams are just one of the ways for succeeding in life, one should not lose their peace clam behind them. Read his full interview to know more about JEE Advanced 2018 topper, Guttu Sai Abhishek journey: 

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Careers360- Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2018! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- It was awesome. I am excited with the rank I secured for my 3 year effort that I put in.


Careers360- Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?

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Guttu Sai Abhishek- I belong to Vizianagaram, a district of Andhra Pradesh. My 12th board was completed under TSBIE and I scored a total of 987 out of 1000. I studied in Sri Chaitanya Techno School in Vizianagaram.


Careers360- What is your score in JEE Advanced 2018? What is your all India rank and category rank?

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Guttu Sai Abhishek- I scored 296 out of 360 in JEE advanced 2018 with my Maths, Physics and Chemistry scores as 91,103,102 respectively. My open category rank is 31 and OBC rank is 5.


Careers360- Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- I am interested in computer science as I want to create a software which can think as a human being with help of Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Careers360- JEE Advanced went online this year. What is your opinion about it? Did it change your preparation strategy for the exam?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- According to me it won't effect much. The time which we should allot for bubbling the ORS sheet is same when it comes to scroll the page, look up at the screen for questions and down for solving it.


Careers360- When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine?

Guttu Sai Abhishek-  I started my JEE preparation from 10th class itself. My routine was, wake up early, sit to study for at least two hours continuously and sleep early in night. On average I use to study for 12 hours in a day.


Careers360- How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- JEE Main preparation requires speed and accuracy, while JEE Advanced preparation requires a good presence of mind.


Careers360- Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- I practiced past year and other JEE Advanced question papers almost every day in that period.


Careers360- Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?’

Guttu Sai Abhishek- Yes, I took coaching from Chaina Institute, Hyderabad. It helped me to have good set of problems for JEE preparation.


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?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- Yes, solving previous papers would definitely help. It teaches time management. Practising mock tests will prepare us to write JEE Advanced in casual mood such that it won't be a big challenge at last minute.


Careers360- Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- The two parts of HC Verma's book, problems in general physics by IE Irodov, Qualitative analysis in inorganic chemistry by Vogel, NCERT text books of class 11 & 12 for chemistry, a book by Peter Sykes for organic chemistry, our institute's preparatory material for mathematics and a book by Peter Atkins for physical chemistry.


Careers360- What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- Concentration and time management are two key factors in my case.


Careers360- How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- Involving in a discussion with friends would de-stress me, it may be academic or may not be.


Careers360- Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?

Guttu Sai Abhishek- Dr.Abdul Kalam is my role model. His humble nature, calmness inspired me.

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Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 28th Jan, 2020
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