JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Interview Hemant Kumar Chodipilli (AIR 7) – June 10 was an important day for Hemant Kumar Chodipilli who was declared as one of the JEE Advanced 2018 toppers with an all India rank of 7. The enduring journey that started in class six for Hemant ended on an extremely joyous note with all hard work paying off. The dream to study computer science at IIT Bombay kept the young lad from Vishakhapatnam on his toes as he strived hard to accomplish his goal. The ups and downs during the course of preparation for JEE Advanced did not deter him from accomplishing his goal. In an exclusive interaction with Careers360, JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Hemant Kumar Chodipilli shares other vital preparation tips, including the books which the candidates should consult, importance of solving the past years question papers etc. His success mantras - ‘Be patient, work Hard, never lose hope’ held him in good stead in the race to win admissions in the IITs. Go through the complete interview of JEE Advanced 2018 Topper interview Hemant Kumar Chodipilli that is given below.
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2018! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I felt very happy when I got to know that I had performed so well in JEE Advanced 2018. I was surprised to find my name amongst the toppers of JEE Advanced. I am glad that I started my journey successfully.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I am a native of Visakhapatnam. I studied at Sri Chaitanya Techno School from 6th to 10th. I studied my intermediate at Sri Chaitanya Junior College in Visakhapatnam. I started taking coaching for IIT-JEE from class sixth onwards.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2018? What is your all India rank and category rank?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: My score is 316 out of 360 in JEE Advanced 2018. My JEE Advanced 2018 (AIR) is 7 and category (OBC) rank is 2.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Careers360: JEE Advanced went online this year. What is your opinion about it? Did it change your preparation strategy for the exam?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: This year JEE Advanced 2018 went good. It had a few advantages over offline. We could mark a question for review and there would be no bubbling mistakes. I took up some online mock tests to get an idea about the exams. It didn’t change my preparation strategy.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Advanced preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Advanced?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I took JEE seriously from 8th class. I studied for nearly six to seven hours a day when I was in school and seven to ten hours a day when I was in college. I spent most of my time in my school and college.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: Since the syllabus of JEE Main and JEE Advanced was almost same, there wasn’t much difference in the preparation. I prepared mainly for JEE Advanced and towards the end I covered few extra topics for JEE Mains 2018 so that I could perform well in the exam and move to appear for JEE Advanced.
Careers360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I started revising the topics in detail and extensively solved the past years question papers and mock tests during the time between JEE Advanced and mains.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?’
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: Yes, I took coaching from Sri Chaitanya for the exam. Coaching helps one to go in a planned way and boosts the confidence during the preparation. The faculty guide you in the right way and helps you overcome your weak areas.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practise with the help of these? Do you think practicing from the previous year papers help and how?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli:I tried to solve JEE Advanced question papers of past years. It helped me to know the concepts and apply them correctly while solving the question papers. I tried to strengthen my concepts regularly.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I used to practice a lot from the study material provided by Sri Chaitanya. The lists of books from which the future aspirants can study are given below in the table:
Name Of the Book/ Subject
I E Irodov
MS Chouhan and Himanshu Panday
J D Lee
As far as mathematics is concerned, I used to study from the material 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?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: There were a few ups and downs but everything went well. I found Maths and Physics easy and Chemistry was bit difficult. I found Inorganic chemistry to be difficult during the preparation because it took me more time to learn as compared to other subjects.
Careers360: What is the main difference between both the two papers in JEE Advanced?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: There is not much difference between the syllabi of the two papers. I found paper 2 to be a bit lengthy as compared to paper 1.
Careers360: Did you face any technical glitches during the exam? What is your opinion on the way the exam was conducted?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I did not face any technical glitches during the examination. I really liked the online mode of the examination.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I would like to attribute this success to my faculty who guided me, showed me the right path and always motivated me. My parents also helped me a lot by boosting my confidence. They are my support pillars.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I used to listen to music and watch television whenever I would like a break. I used to also play computer games. Relaxing was best done by talking to my parents and friends. There would be not much stress then.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: I was always inspired by the inventions done by great scientists that have changed our lives tremendously.
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?
Hemant Kumar Chodipilli: To crack JEE Advanced one has to remain positive and confident. There may be times when you are not able to understand the concepts. It is at this time one needs to remain patient and understand the concepts without skipping them. Try to interact with the faculty for guidance. The mantra for success, ‘Be patient, work hard'