We all need a guiding light in life which remains burning inside throughout to guide us, hold us, navigate our life and its decisions. That guiding light in Mohan Abhyas Vabili’s life is his teacher Mr. Ramabhushan. Mohan was not aware of his potential and what course his life has to take until he met his teacher in class 9th and his life started taking a shape. It was his teacher Ramabhushan who told him what Engineering is. Since coming in contact with this teacher, Mohan Abhyas started learning about the IITs and what does it take to become an Engineer. Gradually he could also explore his potential to become an Engineering. Rest is history. The boy from Telangana has cracked JEE Main 2017, securing All India Rank 6 for himself. His success story does not end with just JEE Main 2017, as Mohan also holds Rank 1 in AP EAMCET 2017. However, this success has not just fallen into his kitty – he has earned it with hard work, tireless effort, dedication, passion, perseverance and many more such factors. In a conversation with Careers360, Mohan Abhyas Vabili, JEE Main 2017 AIR 6, shares about his journey to success and the elements involved in it.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Main 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
MAV: I was happy but was expecting more as per my performance. Before appearing in the exam, I was anticipating a rank amongst top 100, however, after going through JEE Main 2017 answer key, I thought I would clinch AIR 1. But it didn’t turn into a reality.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
MAV: My schooling is from CBSE Board only. From 6th to 8th class I studied in Ratnam School (Nellore) and in 9th I pursued my education from Kartikeya Concept School, while my 10th is from Naraina in Kukatpally. My intermediate 1st and 2nd year are also from Naraina, Kukatpally.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Main 2017? What is your All India Rank?
MAV: I scored 345 in JEE Main 2017 and my AII India Rank is 6.
Careers360: Apart from JEE Main, are you also appearing in some other exams?
Careers360: Did you appear for the offline JEE Main exam or the online one? What is the reason behind this choice of yours?
MAV: I appeared in JEE Main 2017 offline mode, as for the last 2 years in my coaching, I had only practised offline for JEE Main.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
MAV: My school teacher Ramabhushan Sir, whom I revere and respect a lot, told me the basics of engineering and inspired me to learn more about it. That was the time when I started thinking seriously to make Engineering as my career.
I would like to go for Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Physics branch in any of the IITs. I don’t have any specific IIT in mind as of now. The reason for these branches is my childhood dream to invent something new. I wish to become a Scientist.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Main preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Main?
MAV: Though I started putting serious effort towards preparing myself for JEE, however, in 9th and 10th I majorly focussed on my school text books. But since my 11th/intermediate started, I have been studying 8-12 hours a day.
Careers360: Was there a difference in the preparation strategy in the last months of JEE Main considering that the board exams also are during this period? How did you manage preparation for both?
MAV: In the last couple of months I focussed more on my board exams. As Chemistry is same in boards and JEE Main, I didn’t have to prepare any separate plan or devote time separately for it, whereas for Physics and Mathematics, I had to put extra effort before my boards apart from my general preparation regime.
There was no specific strategy. I honestly did what was told to me by my coaching faculty. I followed their guidance as it is on day to day basis.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Main and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
MAV: I took coaching from Nariana. Yes, the coaching has helped me in a greater way. Although I was good in Physics but not in Mathematics and Chemistry in 9th and 10th. All teachers at the coaching would teach me very well. I highly love the simple ways in which they teach. With the coaching at Naraina, I have really improved a lot and my Chemistry and Mathematics have improved dramatically.
Careers360: How extensively did you practise Mock tests and sample papers? Do you think practising from the previous year papers help and how?
MAV: I would practice sample papers and take mock test frequently. Also, the question papers given to us by our coaching institute are of big help. At the coaching, in the last 2 months, we have weekly 2 tests, apart from which I took around 17 grand tests. I feel mock tests, sample papers and previous years papers are quite important, as you get a complete grip of the nature of questions or their difficulty level. You keep on practising them and your problem solving ability gets polished which helps on the day of the test.
Careers360: What were the factors which contributed the most in your success in JEE Main 2017?
MAV: I feel my coaching faculty is the reason I can recall as of now. They helped me prepare better. I followed their instructions obediently.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your JEE Main preparation? Are the school text books adequate for preparing for JEE Main and Class XII?
MAV: For Physics, I solved some questions from Balaji by Anurag Mishra. Rest it was all the coaching study material. The study material of Naraina encompasses all good books of preparation.
Careers360: Did you face any problem during the JEE Main examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest in JEE Main? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the JEE Main exam?
MAV: Though there was no such challenge, however there would have been challenges if I had started with Mathematics. Because I felt Physics and Chemistry were easy, I started with them and finally took Mathematics. To score high, you need to take up the sections you are better in or which are easy for you. This year, Mathematics was the toughest section as there were lengthy questions and Physics was the easiest as they asked direct (formulae related) questions. I feel 1 hour for Maths was too less. However, as I took the easier sections first, I was able to finish it within time.
Careers360: Who are the biggest inspiration for you and why?
MAV: My biggest inspiration till date is my 9th class teacher Ramabhushan Sir, who told me what is IIT and how to prepare for it. Before that I did not have any idea about it.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
MAV: As there was no stress, I did not need to de-stress myself. The only difficulty I faced was in Chemistry whereas in Maths or Physics, if I would face a new problem, it would bring me joy only. I enjoy studying Physics and Maths, and I feel when you cherish/enjoy something, no stress comes in. However, during the preparatory period, sometimes I would watch TV. Since my class XI, I studying is my only hobby. Earlier, I would play cricket and some indoor games in 9th and 10th. But since coming into intermediate I stopped playing.
Careers360: What according to you is the most challenging thing in the exam?
MAV: Time management is something challenging, if we can manage that well, nothing like it. My learning is that we must take the easiest sections and questions first which helps us in building confidence.
Careers360: You have also clinched the top rank in AP EAMCET 2017. So tell us, how APEAMCET is different from JEE Main? Which one is difficult?
MAV: In AP EAMCET you need speed and that’s all as per my understanding. In JEE Main your need to know how to apply the subject, but in AP EAMCET, you need to write the test fast.
Careers360: Did you have a different strategy for AP EAMCET? How did you prepare for AP EAMCET 2017?
MAV: No, there was no different strategy. I have just taken some mock test and sample papers in the 20 days before the entrance test.
Careers360: JEE Advanced 2017 is just round the corner. How differently are you preparing for it?
MAV: I am just putting my effort to study hard and that is my sole action, but with no different strategy. At my coaching institute, every week there are 2 tests for JEE Advanced, so I am preparing for JEE Advanced as per the suggestions of the coaching faculty.
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