JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Interview: Lay Jain (AIR 9) says, “Self-assignment, hardwork and practice are keys to success”
Samiksha Jain, 10 Jun 2018, #JEE Advanced

After bagging AIR 13 in JEE Main, Lay Jain again gave a reason for celebration to his proud parents with an All India rank of 9 in JEE Advanced 2018. With a score of 312 marks in JEE Advanced that fetched a place amongst the toppers, Lay Jain aims for admission to IIT Bombay. He believes that self-assignment is the main factor behind his success. His achievements don’t stop here; they grow more impressive with a gold medal in the Asian Physics Olympiad. Careers360 interacted with him to know about his future plans, his strategies for JEE, success mantras and such. Read on to know all about JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Lay Jain (AIR 9) in this interview.

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

Lay Jain: Thank you very much. On hearing that I secured AIR 9, I was surprised and extremely happy. Today’s result came as a pleasant surprise for me. I scored 312 in JEE Advanced 2018. Right know my family is in a celebration mood.   


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

Lay Jain: I belong to Kota, Rajasthan. I have done my schooling from Disha Delphi Public School from CBSE board. For JEE Main and Advanced, I took coaching from Allen Career Institute, Kota.


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

Lay Jain: I decided to study engineering six years ago. The core reason why engineering interested me was the factor that there is a lot of research opportunities. Apart from this, subjects are really interesting. Now I am targeting IIT Bombay for admissions in CSE branch specifically. Apart from IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur and Delhi are my other two preferences.  


Careers360: JEE Advanced went online this year. What is your opinion about it?

Lay Jain: I have given JEE Main in offline mode. I always use to feel that offline mode is more comfortable and easy. However, after appearing for JEE Advanced in online mode, I realized that both the modes are equally good.  


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

Lay Jain: I started my preparation after class 10. I took coaching from Allen, Kota where I used to spend almost 6 hours each day. Apart from coaching, I used to study for 6 to 7 hours on my own. I used to make sure that I equally divided my time between all the three subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Maths. I always preferred studying Chemistry early in the morning so that the concepts remained in my mind. For JEE Main I focused on NCERT books and previous year papers. Whereas for JEE Advanced I focused more on tough and time consuming problems.


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?

Lay Jain: Mock test and sample papers are really helpful to increase the speed and accuracy. Candidates must at least solve 15 mock test and sample papers before appearing for the actual examination.    


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

Lay Jain: Self assignment, hard work and practice are the three factors behind this AIR 9 of mine. I believe that self-assignment is very important and if one understand this he/she can achieve anything.    


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

Lay Jain: Table Tennis and music are the two things that helped me lot to unwind myself during my examination preparation. Apart from this I like to read books also, however I was able to read only two in the entire two year tenure of my JEE preparation. 


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

Lay Jain: Chitraang Murdia is my ideal. He is the JEE Advanced 2014 topper.  He also happens to be the gold medalist in Physics Olympiad that year. My interest area is Physics.   


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