JEE Advanced 2019 Topper Interview: Kaustubh Dighe (AIR 7) “Regular practice is key to success”
Prabakaran K, 17 Jul 2019, #JEE Advanced
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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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sir i passed in class 10th in 2016 and class 12th in 2019 but i got 60 percentage in 12th so i decided to do direct 12th from nios board so now if i got more than 75 percentage in nios board in 2020 would i be eligible for jee advance or not

Aditya kumar Student Expert 16th Oct, 2019

Hello there!

Greetings !

First of all I want to make one thing clear that only scoring 75 percent in class 12th doesn't make anyone eligible for jee advance , in order to be eligible for jee advance,  you need to clear jee mains but yes since you have scored more than 75 % in nios boards so you will be eligible for nits , iits etc if you performed well in jee as nios board is a recognised board and it is accepted by nits , iits etc. So , prepare well for jee



sir i dropped for the first time in 2018 to prepare for jee mains and jee advanced,but in 2019 when i was about to give these papers i sufferd from acute pancreatitis and thus i was not able to give i have decided to give mains in january 2020 .will this 2 year gap affect me in future

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 16th Oct, 2019

Dear Vishu, the year gap will not affect your future because you had medical issues. You can appear for JEE Mains 2020 and secure a seat and take admission. During placements, there will be questions asked and so keep all your Medical documents intact. It's not that they would want to check it but it is just for your justification. But for now, your focus should remain JEE Mains 2020 and you can cross that ship when time comes. During placements, what matters is your aggregate in your Bachelors and also your performance in the Interview.


minimum percentile required in jee mains to qualify for jee advanced?

Shareef 15th Oct, 2019
JEE advance will be conducted on may 17 and one should must possess all the below 5 mentioned eligiblity criteria,
  • Performance in JEE mains,
It is essential for the candidates to have qualified JEE mains and be among the top 250,000

  • Age limit
There's no age limit, since the supreme court has said one who is 25 and above is eligible for the exam

  • Number of attempts
JEE advanced can be attempted maximum of 2 times in 2 consecutive years

  • Admission in the IIT
Candidates who had already admitted in IITs are not eligible.

  • Performance in the 12th
One should score at least 75% aggregate in 12th and if the student is SC/ST/PWD he should secure 65%.
Once you are eligible by considering the above mentioned criteria you are ready for JEE advance.
Best of luck

sir is there any student who completed his 12th from Telangana open school and written jee mains and jee advanced

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 14th Oct, 2019
Hello aspirant I am here for helping you.
Yes there are many students who have completed their class 12th from Telangana institute of open schooling and filled form for JEE mains and will give JEE advanced you can share your problem with us we will provide you a satisfactory resolution.
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