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“Hard work makes the dream work” is a motto Shivam Goel lives by. Securing the All India Rank of 18 in JEE Advanced examination, Shivam Goel was initially shocked on knowing his result. Realizing his success, Shivam comments that he felt happy that he would now be able to pursue the subject he has liked for a long time – Computer Science Engineering. Attributing his success to sheer hard work, Shivam talks about his journey from 11th standard when he started off the preparation for JEE Advanced 2018 examination. Careers360 presents an exclusive interview with JEE Advanced 2018 Topper Shivam Goel. Read the full interview to read about the full interview of JEE Advanced 2018 topper Shivam Goel (AIR 18).
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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2018! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Shivam Goel: I was quite shocked to know my rank. After recovering from the shock, I felt very happy about my performance.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2018? What is your all India rank and category rank?
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Shivam Goel: My score in JEE Advanced 2018 is 305 and rank is 18. In JEE Main, my rank was 30.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Shivam Goel: I planned to study engineering in 9th standard because of my interest in science. I am interested in Computer Science Engineering. I like programming so I want to take up this subject for future.
Careers360: JEE Advanced went online this year. What is your opinion about it? Did it change your preparation strategy for the exam?
Shivam Goel: It went pretty good. There were less mistakes in the question paper and we were already well prepared for the online mode. There was no such changes in 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?
Shivam Goel: I planned to study for JEE Advanced in 11th standard. I studied daily around 8 to 9 hours.
Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main?
Shivam Goel: I focused more on concepts for JEE Advanced. JEE Main is more theory based while JEE Advanced is more concept based.
Careers360: Since there was just a month after the JEE Main, elaborate on your preparation strategy?
Shivam Goel: Within that month, I just revised my concepts for JEE Advanced 2018. I also worked on areas where I felt I was weak.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Advanced and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Shivam Goel: Yes, I took coaching for JEE Advanced from FIITJEE. Coaching has played a huge role in my preparation since they let you know what all you have to study. They prepare you for the examination well.
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?
Shivam Goel: I practiced around 12 to 15 JEE Advanced mock tests and sample papers in a week. Mock tests really do improve our speed and accuracy.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Advanced preparation?
Shivam Goel: Books were suggested by our teachers. There were books for specific subjects.
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?
Shivam Goel: There was no problem during the examination. Physics was easiest in the JEE Advanced 2018 examination and the toughest was Chemistry. The format of the exam was really tough this year because of answers in decimal points.
Careers360: What is the main difference between both the two papers in JEE Advanced?
Shivam Goel: The levels of both the papers was moderate, so there not much difference.
Careers360: Did you face any technical glitches during the exam? What is your opinion on the way the exam was conducted?
Shivam Goel: No, there were no technical glitches. It went on smoothly.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Advanced?
Shivam Goel: I think my key to my success was simply my hard work and focus.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Shivam Goel: I used to de-stress myself by playing cricket with my friends during my break time. I also used to spend half an hour on my phone.
Careers360: Who is your biggest inspiration in life and why?
Shivam Goel: My inspiration are my seniors.
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?
Shivam Goel: I would just like to ask them to work hard. It is true that hard work never fails.
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