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With the announcement of JEE Main 2017 results on April 27, Devansh Shringi had reason to rejoice. He scored an All India Rank of 52 in JEE Main 2017. A student of Saint Pauls Senior Secondary School, Mala Road, Kota, Devansh is a studious person who believes in working hard at the moment, rather than moaning about it later. He, however, feels that he could have done better considering his preparation. He feels his passion for Maths and Physics are good assets to become an engineer but is undecided about the branch he wished to pursue. Speaking to Careers360 exclusively, Devansh shares his experiences and journey throughout JEE Main preparation and exam.
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Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in JEE Main 2017! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Devansh: I was expecting a better rank as I calculated my marks after the exam. I know I could have done better.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Devansh: I am more of a studious person. I have studied under CBSE board in Saint Pauls Senior Secondary School, Mala Road, Kota.
Careers360: What is your score in JEE Main 2017? What is your All India Rank ?
Devansh: I scored 325 marks out of 360 in the exam. My All India Rank is 52.
Careers360: Did you appear for the offline JEE Main exam or the online one? What is the reason behind this choice of yours?
Devansh: I appeared for the offline exam as I am more comfortable with the pen and paper pattern as we have been studying and giving exams all our life in the pen and paper mode only.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decide to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Any reason?
Devansh: I have a good hold on Mathematics and Physics from the beginning itself. In class IX, I decided to go for engineering. I want to become an engineer because I have got good maths skills and engineering is the way I can use my skills for better purposes.
I haven't yet decided on the branch of engineering I wish to pursue.
Careers360: When did you start your JEE Main preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for JEE Main?
Devansh: I started my preparation for JEE Main in class XI. I am not a night person, so I used to get up at 6 in the morning and sit for quality hours to complete my studies for the day. I studied regularly and I feel this in a way contributed to my success.
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?
Devansh: Not really. I think JEE Main exam is application based, whereas board exams test your concepts. If one doesn't know the concepts, then it becomes very difficult to apply them also. Therefore, I ensured I was thorough with the concepts first and then I learnt how to apply them. The syllabus for both the exams are same, it’s just that for JEE Main you have to dig a bit deeper.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for JEE Main and if yes from where? What are the benefits of coaching according to you?
Devansh: Yes, I took coaching from Resonance, Kota. I think coaching gives you an edge in your studies while you are preparing. Coaching institutes polish you by giving tests on regular basis. You can prepare by yourself also but there would be noticeable difference in the result of a student who has taken coaching and the one who hasn't.
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?
Devansh: I practised 30-35 mock papers for the exam. I also practised JEE Main previous year question papers to have an insight of the exam pattern. So yes, I do feel they are helpful. One gets to know the exam pattern better and learns to manage the time during the exam.
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?
Devansh: I studied from NCERT books for JEE Main and board exams also. I referred H.C. Verma, J.D Lee and S.L. Loney for 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?
Devansh: There were times when I could not understand certain topics, at that time I rushed to my school and coaching teachers and thankfully all of them were readily available to help me.
This year, according to me Physics was the easiest and Mathematics section was the toughest. It was very difficult to solve Mathematics section in that given hour as it was very lengthy. I took 1 hour 15 minutes to solve it.
I think speed and time management are key factors that one needs to keep in mind while giving the exam.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in JEE Main?
Devansh: I was born in Kota and it is the hub for JEE Main preparation. So it is natural that I appear for JEE Main as I already had the exposure to the exam, way before I started preparing for it. Besides this my family and teachers became the reason behind my success.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Devansh: I like reading, therefore, whenever I used to feel stressed I would sit to read books. I like to play chess and football. I could not play because of the preparation but after the exam I went to play football.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Devansh: I don't have any such ideal to follow.
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 Main exam?
Devansh: I think it’s all about studying regularly and working hard. To future JEE Main aspirants, I suggest, “Follow what your teachers say and clarify all your doubts, because you can't run away from any topic, if you want to succeed”.
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