JEE Advanced 2019 Topper Interview: Kaustubh Dighe (AIR 7) “Regular practice is key to success”
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JEE Advanced 2019 Topper Interview: Kaustubh Dighe (AIR 7) - JEE Advanced topper 2019, Kaustubh Dighe scaled a new high as he secured AIR 7. On hearing Kaustubh Dighe’s success story, he told that regular practice was the key to success in JEE Advanced exam. Kaustubh Dighe was studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya-ONGC, Surat (Gujarat) and later shifted to Kota in class 11 where he did his DDPS which is a CBSE Board. He was expecting a good result after calculating estimated marks from answer key but he was not sure of the rank. JEE Advanced 2019 topper Kaustubh Dighe was extremely happy when he came to know that he has obtained AIR 7. Read the complete interview to know about the success story of Kaustubh Dighe who is JEE Advanced 2019 topper.

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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Advanced 2019. What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?

Kaustubh Dighe: I was expecting a good result after calculating estimated marks from answer key though I was not sure of the rank. So I was extremely happy and satisfied when I came to know that I have secured AIR 7.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: I have studied in CBSE Board all through my school. I was initially a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya-ONGC, Surat (Gujarat) and later shifted to Kota in class 11 where I studied in DDPS which is also a CBSE School.

Careers360: What is your score in JEE Advanced 2019? What is your all India rank and category rank? What was your JEE Main rank and marks?

Kaustubh Dighe: My total score in JEE Advanced was 324 with an All India Rank 7. I belong to General Category and so my category rank is same. My JEE Main Rank is 55 with a percentile 99.998.

Careers360: Did you also appear for TS EAMCET 2019, what was your rank in the entrance test? What was your TS EAMCET rank and marks?

Kaustubh Dighe: No.

Careers360: As you have performed exceptionally well in both JEE Advanced and TS Kaustubh Dighe: EAMCET, which institutes are you targeting for admissions and why?

Kaustubh Dighe: I have taken admission in IIT Bombay, is the most prestigious technological institute of the country.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: I want to study engineering as it opens multiple avenues for a career in Academics as well as Industry. Going by current technology scenario, I have taken admission in Computer Science and Engineering Branch.

Careers360: JEE Advanced was conducted as a computer-based test. What is your opinion about it? What preparation strategy did you adapt for the computer-based exam?

Kaustubh Dighe: This is a good step and should be continued. I practiced solving computer-based tests of a similar pattern to adapt myself to this test mode.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: I started it right from the beginning of class 11 and continued till the exam. My daily routine was attending classes for 4 hours a day and following it up at home through revision and solving practice test papers for another 4 hours or so.

Careers360: How was the preparation for JEE Advanced different from JEE Main and TS EAMCET?

Kaustubh Dighe: JEE Advanced pattern is more complex as compared to JEE Mains which is largely NCERT based. Also, there are a few topics which differ in the syllabus of these two exams. My preparation was accordingly as per the syllabus and as per depth of the study required for these two exams.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: I had appeared only in the first phase of JEE Main conducted in Jan 2019 and did not appear in the 2nd phase in April 2019.

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

Kaustubh Dighe:I took coaching from a Kota based institute. It helps in compiling the study material from various resources and making it available through a single platform.

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?

Kaustubh Dighe: Regular Mock tests and sample papers were a regular feature in my preparation. Past years papers help in making you aware of the actual pattern.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: It was largely the compiled study material collected by my teachers from various sources, which helped me.

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?

Kaustubh Dighe: I did not face any particular problem as such except that some questions did not click to me. I found Chemistry to be more troublesome than the other two sections.

Careers360: What is the main difference between both the two papers in JEE Advanced?

Kaustubh Dighe: I feel that Complexity wise there wasn’t much difference.

Careers360: Did you face any technical glitches during the exam? What is your opinion on the way the exam was conducted?

Kaustubh Dighe: I did not face any such problems at my exam centre. It was nicely conducted.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: Regular practice without any break at any stage was the key which helped me achieve this.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: I like drawing though I could not find much time for it during these two years. I used to walk sometimes for relieving stress.

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

Kaustubh Dighe: Sundar Pichai as he has achieved great heights with his own efforts.

Careers360: You know you are an inspiration to thousands of students across the country. Do Kaustubh Dighe: you have any message for future aspirants on tackling the JEE Advanced exam?

Kaustubh Dighe: I would like to advise them that they should stay focused on this target without getting deviated by trivial issues. Regular practice and daily follow up of the topics taught in class keeps one maintained on track. I wish them all the best for their future.

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Sonali Sahu Student Expert 21st Sep, 2019


You will be eligible for JEE 2020 if your number of attempts have not crossed above 3.  If this year you gave JEE for 3rd time then you can give JEE exam next year.

NTA has given the limit to the number of attempts but there is no age limit. So prepare accordingly.

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Aquil Uzzama 20th Sep, 2019

The cutoff list which was published for JEE Mains 2019 had the cutoff marks for SC as 54.019 and the minimum marks to qualify for IIT in CS branch means a minimum marks of 70 after which you can score a rank of around 17000 which will land you for an IIT in CS branch in 2-3 colleges.


does clearing jee advance cutoff means getting into iit for general pwd student

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 20th Sep, 2019


For getting seat in IITs under PWD General category ,you have to score 1.5 times of PWD cuttoff.This is quite easy job as Cuttoff for PWD cuttoff goes very low each year..You need to score around 70-80 score in jee advance to get seat in IIT

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which are the important books for jee advanced physics

Era Madaria 19th Sep, 2019

Hi Student

Some of the important books of physics for JEE Advanced are :

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Here i am providing with the link with more information on books and syllabus of JEE Advanced:

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Aquil Uzzama 20th Sep, 2019

Hi there aspirant! Hope you're having a great day.

I would like to inform you that the cutoff for JEE Advance means that in the concerned and specified marks you will clear the JEE Advance exam and you can apply for admission at IIT's but since you have only scored cutoff you wont get any IIT. Hope this helps. thank you.

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